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Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (2012)



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Chely Wright: Wish Me Away is the story of Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as gay. Over three years, the filmmakers were given extraordinary access to Chely's struggle and her unfolding plan to come out publicly. Using interviews with Chely, her family, her pastor, and key players in Nashville interwoven with Chely's intimate private video diaries, the film goes deep into her back story as an established country music star and then forward as she steps into the national spotlight to reveal her secret. Chronicling the aftermath in her hometown of Nashville and within the larger LGBT community, Wish Me Away reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. -- (C) First Runmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Oct 15, 2012
Box Office: $17.3k
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Critic Reviews for Chely Wright: Wish Me Away

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Much like the image of Wright presented by the movie itself, "Wish Me Away" is graceful, sincere and heartfelt.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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The inspiring story of Chely Wright, the first major country singer to come out as gay.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
New York Post
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By the end you may not be a fan of her music, but it's hard not to root for her rebirth.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
New York Times
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The unshakable support of her religious sister, the raw and heartfelt stories of her childhood: These are the moments most likely to provide the inspiration she hopes to share.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
New York Daily News
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While it's fascinating to observe the workings of the mammoth apparatus grafted onto an intensely personal decision, the movie's heart is the moments that take place in private.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
AV Club
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What it lacks in artfulness, Wish Me Away makes up for in emotive force.

Full Review… | May 29, 2012
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Chely Wright: Wish Me Away

Chely Wright is the first American country music star to come out as gay.
I'm not a fan of country music, and I had never heard of Chely Wright until I saw this film. What emerges from the film is a portrait of Wright that is inspiring and positive. She seems like a genuine person and a good role model of GLBT youngsters.
However, when she begins working with image coaches and turning her coming out into a media event, I found myself less sympathetic to her struggles. I understand her counter-argument -- that coordinating a media spectacle allows her to do the most good for others in her situation -- but I nevertheless wasn't pleased that what I was seeing was such a carefully designed product.
Overall, I found the film well-made, and by the end I liked Wright, but that's about all the film asked of me.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Lovely, inspiring, tear-jerking documentary about Wright's well-planned coming out, showing her extreme fear and vulnerability and courage. A great film about why coming out is so important and also so hard for some people, especially those from religious backgrounds. Wonderful, graceful, sincere.

Ina S

Super Reviewer

My only real issue, is that she isn't the first country singer to come out.. K.D Lang still counts. However, this isn't the main issue with the film, so doesn't matter.. I knew nothing about her before watching, but still found her story interesting and heartfelt.

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