Shut Up & Sing (2007) "Wouldn't it be great if we could get them burning CDs and banning you from the radio?" muses Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw to the…
DVD Review

Shut Up & Sing (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 20, 2007; DVD Release Date: Feb 20, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Documentary, Musical; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

''Wouldn't it be great if we could get them burning CDs and banning you from the radio?'' muses Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw to the less-than-convinced country trio in the documentary Shut Up & Sing (R, 93 mins., 2006). At the time, news has just broken that lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience she was ashamed that George W. Bush, then preparing to attack Iraq, was from Texas. We don't know for sure whether Maines & Co. subsequently made Renshaw write ''Be careful what you wish for'' a thousand times on a chalkboard. But had they done so, it would surely have been recorded in this authoritative film about the ensuing anti-Chicks backlash and the ways the band dealt with it. (Full disclosure: One of those ways was by appearing, naked and covered with slogans, on a cover of EW; a less-racy version of that photo decorates the DVD box.) Granted extremely extensive behind-the-scenes access, filmmakers Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck have crafted a great film about country music and an even better one about the country in which we live.

Originally posted Feb 16, 2007 Published in issue #922 Feb 23, 2007 Order article reprints