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With: Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Rick Rubin, Adrian Pasdar
Written by: n/a
Directed by: Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 93
Date: 09/21/2006

Shut Up and Sing (2006)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Making Nice

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Barbara Kopple's documentary, co-directed with Cecilia Peck, somehow manages to capture the Dixie Chicks before, during and after their anti-Bush debacle. (On stage, during a 2003 London concert, lead singer Natalie Maines stated she was ashamed that the President was from Texas.) The film captures plenty of behind-the-scenes banter and plenty of music, but it doesn't really dig very deeply into the frightening mob mentality that followed the comment. But if Maines' remark still offends or excites anyone today, wait until you hear what else she has to say on camera.

Note: Shut Up and Sing opened in San Francisco on November 17, but I caught up with it later on a year-end awards screener.

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