Shut Up and Sing

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

FILM SYNOPSIS: A documentary of the singing group the Dixie Chicks. Co-directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck and released by the Weinstein Co. A thrown-away comment spoken at a concert in England about being ashamed that President Bush came from Texas changed the course of a successful female singing group. At first, the offense brought disaster, as fans demanded the Chicks be pulled from radio play. But as the tide of acceptance turned against the President, so did the recovery for a group that claims to be one of the biggest sellers in music history.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Just cant get enough Bush bashing? Then heres another documentary from the left-wing of Tinseltown you may enjoy. Though Natalie Maines has every right to vent her frustration with the political world, the documentary showcases the songstresss anger, egotistical temperament and unforgiving spirit. Successful, rich and somewhat attractive, the over-the-MTV-hill singer radiates hostility for Toby Keith, President Bush, Texas radio stations and fans who are no longer fans.

The intimate back-scene documentary manages to paint a positive image of the singer for some, while showing others an unrepentant woman who seems fueled by anger. What I found most revealing was the fact that Ms. Maines, with her artist-gone-wild attitude, displays a crudity one would associate more with rocker Tommy Lee. Her language and bitter demeanor are those of what was once referred to by the NASCAR crowd as trailer trash. Of course, her f-word punctuated communication skills are now considered attributes for liberated female pop stars.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
The Weinstein Co.

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Ms. Maines displays a proficient awareness and use of the crude and irreverent.

Obscene Language: 17 uses of the f-word; 9 uses of the s-word; and several other objectionable expletives.

Profanity: One misuse of Christs name.

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Some crude comments concerning oral sex.

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 99 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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