Weiner

Weiner

DVD - 2016
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An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's disastrous 2013 mayoral campaign.
Publisher: New York, NY :, IFC Films,, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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This film documents Weiner's doomed run for New York City mayor in 2013 following his 2011 resignation from Congress due to a sexting controversy. No one is appealing here. Not Weiner, his power player wife Huma, the big shot talking heads, Sydney Leathers, or even his constituents. Issues are not even mentioned in the race besides Weiner's trustworthiness. It shows how barren our politics have become. Everything is ego. Everything is surface. Nothing of substance matters.

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johnlau_0
Jan 28, 2018

This documentary is a funny look at the disgrace of Anthony Weiner. The man definitely has problems, and I wonder what the film makers were thinking as they were shooting this. They were most likely trying to frame this as a come-back story, but I bet they weren't expecting him to be disgraced a second time right before his run to be the mayor of New York.

Funny thing is, even after this disgrace, Anthony Weiner was disgraced yet again, for the 3rd time during the 2016 presidential election. Weiner sent nasty pictures of himself to another online floozy, but this time with his son in the picture! Talk about sick. This got child protective services on him and got his computer seized. That was when they found a bunch of other incriminating evidence on his laptop that might have contributed to Hilldog losing the election. Man, too bad that wasn't included in this documentary. I was sure that Killary would have him fixed for sure.

Also interesting in this documentary is the way it portrays his relationship with Huma. The two of them came off as awkward and uncomfortable. I'm really not sure what's the deal with them, and I kinda feel sorry for Huma, especially since he blamed her for the 3rd disgrace because she wouldn't have sex for over a year.

This movie is packed to the gills with schadenfreude.

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Al2tur
Sep 20, 2017

Go ahead and watch it. It's very entertaining and you will see how political campaigning actually works in a big city. Weiner comes off as likeable and, of course, flawed, but he and his wife are so glamorous you forget about how tawdry it all is.

KHCPL_Wagner Jul 19, 2017

This documentary was originally intended to chronicle disgraced politician Anthony Weiner's comeback. Instead, it captured his downfall.

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Perspots
Feb 19, 2017

There's a lot of love in this film - from Huma, the campaign staff and supporters. Weiner is scrappy and a fighter. He could've been a contender.

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Curiouskind
Jan 25, 2017

Wow, this guy, Anthony Weiner, is awesome, and explosive. The middle class needs him, his articulation, his fight, oh man that fight. People make mistakes all of the time, whether they admit it or not, and I think what he offers as a politician -- and it's a difficult profession, but some people like Weiner excel in it, with certitude -- should overshadow his mistakes by large margins because it's a personal matter rather than a public one; but his critics will lead you to believe it is the other way around because they don't want competent leaders and serious challengers, like Anthony Weiner, to particularly the extreme conservatives -- resist his critics' assessment. Donald Trump blasts Anthony Weiner as a 'pervert' in this film, um, excuse me? I believe the one who boasted about grabbing any pussy he wanted was none other than Donald Trump, which sparked the worldwide Women's March protest in 2017, and he does this in front of his family and the entire world. Let's understand the whole situation here before making rash judgments, and let's also acknowledge the strength of Huma, his wife: They probably need to spend more time on strengthening their marriage and their family as a unit, if that is their desire, but that requires a mutual effort and commitment. Where everyone else is concerned, and if I were a New York resident, I would vote for Anthony Weiner for mayor, definitely. Much credit goes to maintaining unprecedented filming access, an honest depiction of a passionate politician.

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ReaderBruce
Jan 24, 2017

Judge not, lest you be judged!

This is an engaging study of a man I can hardly fathom. He's got undeniable talent for confrontation and would be an asset in any tough head-on struggle. And yet, he has uncontrollable compulsions that too are unfathomable. The people around him can be difficult to understand as well. His high-flying, ambivalent, suffering wife who is completely aware yet stays with him until years later, late in the 2016 elections, and submits to public scrutiny in this film. His accuser "Pinapple" who claims to support his agenda, but betrays him for 15 minutes of Howard Stern fame and a porn film. The many enthusiastic young supporters who give their time in spite of such glaring liabilities. The man at the Jewish deli who snipes at him behind his back "He married an Arab woman...disgusting!" condemning Weiner literally behind his back. (The explosion that follows is defining and compelling.)

So there's tremendous nuance in this live documentary and so many unanswered questions, but there is no comedic relief as the story builds relentlessly. That maybe bears repeating: There's no comic relief in this film. But I suppose some, like the tabloid-press in the film, might get a kick out of watching reporters relentlessly hold him underwater while he struggles to find his political voice and reclaim his dignity. I have little sympathy for such sport myself.

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wiredonjava
Jan 05, 2017

Weiner clearly is a narcissist without a sense of shame. Interesting that he texted that bimbo that the government provides a 'secret service for hot women'. I wouldn't doubt it when I think about what happened to Marilyn Monroe. He really needs to take up a new hobby.

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Keogh
Jan 02, 2017

One feels sorry for Huma Abedin, having had endured time with her husband, who in this documentary covering his attempted political comeback, comes across as a narcissistic, oblivious jerk even without his scandals. A pretty damning indictment in the end of a man who regardless of everything will never get the point.

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winston16
Dec 06, 2016

A must-see movie for political junkies and/or anyone interested in how the mighty fall. I actually like Huma Amedin and felt for her. But it's hard to feel sorry for Wiener when he was his own worst enemy.

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