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  • Summary: Chely Wright: Wish Me Away is the story of Chely Wright, the first Nashville 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 the music world, alongside Chely's intimate private video diaries, the film goes deep into her back story as an established star and then forward as she steps into the national spotlight to reveal her secret. Chronicling the aftermath in Nashville and within the LGBT community, Chely Wright: Wish Me Away reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 30, 2012
    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 (meaning, in this case, in front of only one camera).
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jun 1, 2012
    The inspiring story of Chely Wright, the first major country singer to come out as gay. Her decision was a brave one since the world of C&W music is notoriously homophobic.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 30, 2012
    What it lacks in artfulness, Wish Me Away makes up for in emotive force.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 31, 2012
    This scrappy-slick confessional is a fascinating study in dualities.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jun 15, 2012
    Much like the image of Wright presented by the movie itself, Wish Me Away is graceful, sincere and heartfelt.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 31, 2012
    This sympathetic documentary chronicles her decision to come out, which required a battle plan as extensive as the ones applied to the rest of her career.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    May 30, 2012
    The film is ultimately too concerned with courting the singer's fans to deliver anything more than a theatrical release of a very special episode of VH1's Behind the Music.
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