Becoming Chaz (2011)

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Chastity Bono grew up in the public eye as the daughter of pop stars Sonny & Cher, making occasional appearances on their popular television show in the 1970s. But Chastity was not the person the public imagined she was; Bono struggled with gender and sexual identity issues for years before coming out as a transsexual, a man living in the body of a woman. Adopting the name Chaz Bono, the former Chastity set out on the long road to physically transform his body into that of a man. Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato were given near total access to Bono as he deals with the physical and emotional challenges of reshaping his body into that of a male (as well as the complex legal ramifications) in the documentary Becoming Chaz. The film also includes interviews with Chaz's mother Cher, his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Elia, and his stepmother Mary Bono Mack, all of whom have their own ways of dealing with profound changes in someone they love. Becoming Chaz received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By: Fenton Bailey , Randy Barbato
Written By: Chaz Bono , Fenton Bailey , Randy Barbato
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Critic Reviews for Becoming Chaz

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Full Review… | February 8, 2011
Variety
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Full Review… | February 7, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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An unflinching, emotional look at the sex change process.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Common Sense Media

Becoming Chaz is a hopeful film and includes a brief sidebar about younger transgender children who... will be spared the agony of going through decades of their lives trapped in the wrong body.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Playback:stl

Eye-opening...(as directed by) the accomplished Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

Full Review… | May 9, 2011
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Full Review… | April 2, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Becoming Chaz

The transformation of Chaz Bono is fascinating to watch. He is a tremendously captivating fellow who finally is able to enjoy the body that he should have naturally been provided with. Cher's limited role in the film reflects her overall discomfort and gradual acceptance of what her daughter evolves into.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

This was okay, but just okay. I don't know -- I just felt like it could have been better - it felt like it wasn't as deep as it could have been.

Lisa Whelpley
Lisa Whelpley

Wow. This was pretty fascinating. Interesting and really honest all around.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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