Do you wanna cry tonight? I know I did, but my contacts are acting up, so there you go. Regardless of my ocular issues, Chely Wright: Wish Me Away is a tearjerker. It’s a documentary of country music sensation Wright and her decision to publicly come out in 2010. The film follows the months leading up to her national announcement on the Today Show and we get to follow every up and down, as she consults her spiritual advisor, family, best gay and a whole slew of of other supporters on what was inarguably the greatest decision of Wright’s career.
The film takes us from Wellsville, Kansas to Nashville, Tennessee, tracing Wright’s trajectory as the child of an unhappy midwestern family through her rise to fame as a country bombshell. (Homegirl has a sweetass midriff and we are exposed to a fair amount of it in this tight hour forty.) There are some strange omissions in between. How did she make it from bumfuck to the Grand Ole Opry? Who is the mysterious partner she alludes to, the “love of her life” she admits, and how did they share a home all those years she was making her ascent?