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Serving seven consecutive terms, Anthony Weiner, good friends with and political allies to the Clintons, was once a highly respected member of Congress from New York City, he seen as a man sticking up for the every day person. That all changed in June, 2011 when he was forced to resign in disgrace after admitting that he did tweet lewd “headless” photos of himself from his public Twitter account to women he met online, and that it was not the work of a hacker or that the photos were of someone else. At the time, his wife Huma Abedin, herself a key aide to Hillary Clinton, was pregnant with their first child, she who decided to stand by her man. Two years later with Abedin still by his side, Weiner tries to resurrect his political career in a run for New York City mayor. He realizes that he has an uphill battle not only because of the known previously tweeted photos, but that there are other lewd photos from that era that may also come to light during the campaign. Regardless of the 2011 resignation, Weiner may not want to admit that any wrongdoing in his personal life should affect his ability to do his job as a politician, congressman, mayor or otherwise. He is probably well aware that the behavior associated with the tweeted photos will dog him during the entire election campaign – with some voters not caring what he does in his personal life, some never willing to forgive or forget such behavior, and some in the middle, those who he has to convince to vote for him. But will the collective “they” – including his campaign staff and Abedin – care and forgive a second time around if the behavior has continued, especially if he did or does not own up to it?

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  • spuranna-marotesa-griba
    spuranna marotesa griba

    Some documentaries manage to shock me because of how outlandish they become, and “Wiener” is one of those documentaries. It’s about a complicated and controversial political figure, the notorious “sexter” Anthony Wiener whose campaign plummeted due to an awfully funny scandal. The documentary follows his quest for a second chance and the awkward, hysterical madness that ensues.Whether you like or dislike Wiener or his political beliefs and connections is totally irrelevant, because this film is not focused around that, and it remains pretty unbiased throughout. Wiener’s personal life doesn’t shock me or enrage me as much as it amuses me, he comes across as more of a classically Jewish comedian rather than some grand political figure in this movie. His politics, themselves, are mostly mixed in my opinion, and his passion is certainly there, but his connections to the dreadful Clintons and the information that came out against him AFTER the release of this film make me shy away from supporting him in any way. However, the media manages to be so obnoxious and cruel that, while watching this film, I couldn’t help but side with Wiener on some more personal issues. A candidate’s private affairs should not judge whether or not they’re a good candidate. Kennedy had affairs, but he was still an excellent president (and, quite possibly, one of the 5 or less ONLY excellent presidents the United States has ever had), making the media’s manipulation of entirely private matters pointless in my view.Sorry for going on a quick political tirade just then, because, as I have already stated, this isn’t really much of a political film. It is mostly just a tense and enjoyable comedy of bizarre, but totally truthful, proportions.

  • karen-ward
    karen ward

    Shortened movie quotes aside, we get a real intimate behind the scenes look of a very compelling and appealing “character” in politics. He had the guts to stand up and I guess it would have been a feast to see him and Anthony Scaramucci go head to head. Now that could almost be a political PPV word fight. But even so, the a glutton for punishment Weiner, digs himself a hole .. or rather quite a few, that he cannot seem to escape.Chances are you have heard of him (and his infamous “selfies”). If not be aware that this has some colorful language and of course a sexual matter as a topic. It is sort of surprising that Weiner allows us to be so close to him … via camera that is of course. There are a couple of moments where the documentarian is breaking the fourth wall .. understandably so, because like us, he is confused at what is going on … Very intimate look and surely not for everybody, but definitely very powerful and engaging.

  • dott-emanuel-damico
    dott emanuel damico

    A documentary covers the private and political life of Anthony Weiner during his campaign to run as mayor for New York City in 2013.The beginning of the film informs of Weiner’s promising career as a congressman during which he fought passionately for underdogs and other good causes. But in 2011, he was disgraced and had to resign as he had been caught exposing explicit photos of himself on the Internet.This documentary is almost like a fictional film in that there is a riveting start with snappy editing, an encouraging mood, and then a plot twist that throws everything right off.In the second half right until the end, the movie leaves many questions: why stay in a long campaign and face more humiliation for yourself and your wife (Huma Abadin who has also been a top aide to Hillary Clinton)?; why did you not get help for your compulsions and sick behavior?; why did you bother to have even more exposure and degradation by doing this documentary (this question is actually asked though in different words)?The viewer might even feel guilty at witnessing some conversations and silent exchanges between spouses that should truly have been kept private. Perhaps, there is even a greater neurosis about receiving attention of any kind that would allow this privacy to be so exposed.In any case, this film is fascinating in exposing a very odd element of the human condition. Even more odd is after watching it, it’s still possible to like Anthony – not just for his good causes but also when he gets fired up in arguments with a pompous political commentator on TV and a voter in a bakery shop. He’s got fire.

  • simona-moravcova
    simona moravcova

    It’s something of a minor miracle that this movie even exists. Documenting Anthony Weiner’s attempted comeback of a New York mayoral run following his career-damaging sexting scandal, with Weiner’s full (and frankly, baffling) participation, it instead becomes the portrait of a career ending before your eyes. With fascinating participants and media figures (not the least of which is his highly respected wife, political advisor Huma Abedin), the movie is riveting from the first frame, with Weiner’s self-destructive impulses constantly re-aligning the narrative and forcing confrontations. It’s really something unique to witness, and is sure to be dissected by political pundits for years to come.

  • samuel-vesely
    samuel vesely

    I was engrossed by this, a warts ‘n’ all fly-on-the-wall documentary following former Democratic senator Anthony Weiner’s very public fall(s) from grace as he seeks to run for the office of New York mayor. It’s a remarkable look at the machinations of the American political system, trial by media, human failings and the trappings of power as well as darker issues such as mental and spousal abuse, infidelity and the seedier side of the lives of those who are driven to hold public office.At times, one is moved to wonder how anyone can cope with the searing, magnified pressure Anthony is under but that is swiftly tempered by the reality that he brought every aspect of it on himself. The glossy image, well chosen words and attempts to portray a wholesome family man fighting for the people are constantly undermined by his actions, his words and the fact that, ultimately, he is solely responsible for every one of the scandals he became embroiled in. His combative nature could, and should, have been a potent tool to fight for the rights of the ordinary voter but time and again, when faced with cold truths and allegations, that same fight only dropped him further into the mire.Ultimately though, Weiner isn’t the victim here. Huma, his wife, is the victim; publicly used (whether consciously or otherwise) to try and portray the happy family image that politicians (especially in the US) simply cannot do without if they are to take office. She is the sole recipient of any sympathy in this film, dragged along for the whole sorry ride by a man whose political ambitions and personal yields to temptation constantly take precedence over his marriage and the vows he made. “Can I bounce back again?”, “how can I win the trust of the voters?” “what more do I need to say?” and “how do I smooth this over?” Tellingly, these questions are asked by Anthony time and again while Huma’s most telling statement (and the most personal of the whole film), when asked in a reflective moment how she’s feeling, is “like I’m living a nightmare”.Judge not lest ye be judged; Anthony frequently asks of his detractors, “I’m not perfect, are you perfect?” No-one is perfect but this film again asks the age old questions: why do those with such a personal profile, with so much at stake and so much to lose both personally and professionally, hit the self-destruct button so frequently and so disastrously? Anthony is judged because he put himself up there to be and the judgement is damning from all corners.Another excellent documentary on Netflix. 7.5/10

  • alicia-morillo-vega
    alicia morillo vega

    21mins in & so many references to “the sex scandals” that I had to turn it off, cause I have no idea what they are talking about. If you are going to make a documentary do it properly from birth to now, for everyone to learn something about someone famous. It’s so arrogant & unprofessional to assume everyone in the world (yes everything is global) & future generations will know who the subject is. I think what really makes it worse is this is under “award winning biographical movies”. You have to be kidding me.

  • dr-gulnaziye-dilsitan-cetin-firat
    dr gulnaziye dilsitan cetin firat

    I’m not going to do a precis of the film, given others here already have.But: 1) I’m a picky so’n’so, and I think anything above 8/10 requires bribery or blackmail. Yet I barely hesitated on giving this full marks. 2) Most of the reviews are from men, who are bemused as to why Abedin stayed with Weiner for so long. As a woman, I’d suggest it’s because … 3) I’ve never seen charisma come over before on a screen. There’s watchable in terms of actors, but that’s different. This guy OOOZES charisma, to the point that it’s leaking out of the screen. She didn’t stay with him because she wanted to stay, she stayed because she struggled to leave.This review is being written on 9/11/16, i.e. the day of Trump’s victory in the US election (he makes a brief, hugely hypocritical contribution in the first 10 mins). The BBC showed this over the weekend, which was just after the Clinton / FBI / Abedin / Weiner contribution to the e-mail issue. Either the Beeb got *very* lucky on scheduling, or they pulled a blinder on rescheduling.Trump has no self-awareness, cares nothing for his electorate, and struggles to stay away from women. Weiner’s the opposite on the first two points, but identical on the third. Watch this film if you want to see the kind of human who should be allowed power, as opposed to the sociopath who’s achieved it.

  • hidde-van-den-broek
    hidde van den broek

    Only a full-blown narcissist would agree to let a camera crew follow him around for a year even if the end result would almost surely invite even further public scorn and disdain as Anthony Weiner did for the documentary, WEINER (2016). During this period, while he was embarking on a misguided, ill-fated run for Mayor of New York after a “sexting” scandal had derailed his congressional career, Weiner was continuing to engage in the behavior that got him into trouble in the first place. How could he not foresee this blowing up in his face a second time? Because he was so wrapped up in himself that he was completely unable to imagine how his actions would impact others, from those closest to him, like his wife and campaign staff, to the reporters covering his campaign and the New York citizens who would eventually have to choose whether to vote for him or not. After the second scandal disrupts his mayoral campaign, he is seen in shouting matches with TV interviewers and members of the public. He seems outraged that anyone would question his behavior. And then he sits and watches the negative coverage on TV and the web and asks how it looks. Perhaps a psychiatrist would be best equipped to review this documentary.I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for Weiner’s long-suffering wife, Huma Abedin, who comes off as a pleasant, reasonable person with the patience of a saint. But even her limits are reached in the film and it’s extremely painful to watch her undergoing such visible anguish. I also felt for Barbara Morgan, Weiner’s loyal communications director, a cute, petite blonde who handled his interviews and press relations and comes across in the film as a competent, serious professional who nonetheless wound up deferring to Weiner’s judgment much too often. When he disagrees with her and insists on doing something his way, she’s seen backing down in a “whatever you want” stance. I wish she’d been more forceful. I don’t understand why these women put up with him. In the case of Abedin, I can guess why and I won’t go into it, but in the case of Morgan, I don’t understand why she didn’t hitch her wagon to a political campaign that wasn’t destined to go down in flames. Why isn’t she working on one now? I googled her after seeing the film and all I could find was a steady stream of links to news articles from July 2013 reporting her profanity-laden tirade directed at a campaign intern, Olivia Nuzzi, who had just published a “tell-all” account in the New York Daily News of problems within the Weiner campaign. Morgan’s outburst and her subsequent insistence that she thought it was “off the record,” indicates maybe a lesser degree of professionalism than I was led to believe from the film. In any event, I was puzzled as to why there’s no mention of the Nuzzi incident in the film, nor any trace of Nuzzi in any of the footage, even though it all happened while the filmmakers were meticulously documenting everything.Aside from that omission, I’m impressed with the way the filmmakers edited hundreds (thousands?) hours of footage into a coherent narrative that remains compelling throughout its 96-minute running time. There are lots of choice, telling moments in the film, my favorite being when the co-director, Josh Kriegman, operating the camera in the back seat and pointing it up at Weiner, asks him a question and Weiner responds with a supremely arrogant putdown, telling Kriegman that the proverbial “fly on the wall” is not supposed to speak. The film offers a dramatic illustration of the politics of self-destruction, but also a disturbing fable about the human condition. Weiner is a tragic, though fascinating figure, but I’m glad he’s not in public life anymore. In fact, I wish the other narcissists parading across the contemporary political stage, including former, current and future national political figures–YOU know who they are, whether you’d like to admit it or not, and many of you have voted for them—would vacate the scene, voluntarily or not. I don’t understand the public’s fascination with these creatures. Or have our electoral cycles become so grueling that only those most driven to gain attention are able to succeed?

  • ruzena-mala
    ruzena mala

    While watching Weiner (2016) it is easy to forget that this is a reality-based documentary not a fictional sit-com or tragi-drama. The film presents two possibilities: we either expect too much of politicians or the subject of this movie is a uniquely disturbed aberration of the political class. Either way, this compelling and well-produced documentary is essential viewing for anyone interested in professional politics and the impact it has on those who seek power.Using ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary style and archival footage, the film tells the story of Anthony Weiner whose name is now laughed at around the world. As a Democrat Congressman from 1999 to 2011 he gained national attention for his vocal advocacy for working-class Americans. His career was shortened when he texted sexually suggestive images of himself that, in conservative America, was enough finish him in politics forever. But Weiner’s charisma and boundless energy saw him re- emerge in 2013 to campaign for Mayor of New York under a banner of mea culpa for past errors. He was well ahead in the polls and just as his redemption appeared secure there were further revelations that showed he was still a serial ‘sexting’ offender. His popularity immediately plummeted. The film documents the impact on his wife and campaign staff and the sense of betrayal by a public that had been warming to his revival but had now lost all faith. He was stuck with a reputation as a pathological liar, a sexual transgressor and an unfaithful husband. While the film is mainly focused on Weiner, the silent heroine of the film is his extraordinarily talented wife Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton. The words “spousal abuse” are heard in this film but left unexplored.Why is it so fascinating to watch a psychological train-wreck in slow motion? Weiner represents a modern-day conundrum of public life. His transgressions are far less than those of former President Bill Clinton or many others and whatever he did wrong it involved him and his cell phone only. Being a noisy Jewish Democrat who fought tooth and nail for national health insurance made him an easy target for conservative media and the early success of his comeback campaign threatened many interests. Audiences will judge Weiner based on their own politics and sense of morality, but history is unlikely to be kind. This is a fascinating documentary that offers a unique glimpse into a dynamic but fatally flawed narcissist who is either a profoundly dishonest person or we, the people, need to be more forgiving about human weakness.

  • chelsea-shelton
    chelsea shelton

    There can be few in the western world who don’t know the morality tale of Anthony Weiner – the politician married to a close aide of the Clintons, who fell from grace when he posted a shot of his underwear to Twitter instead of sending a direct message. In this film he allowed a fly-on-the-wall film crew to follow him as he relaunched his career with a run to be mayor of New York. Of course, we all know that the scandal never truly left him, and in the end it came back worse as it transpired that he never shook of his addiction to flirting and sexting online.To follow the tawdry tale in the papers is one thing, but to do so from the inside makes for a different experience. The film becomes an interesting cringe-inducing spectacle as a result, which makes you marvel at the sheer character of Weiner – at times he is narcissistic; or a great political showman; or a man with compulsion and self- control issues; or someone treated really unfairly by the media. Really he is all of these and the film lets us see that. As such it allows us to feel for him when he has to deal with endless personal questions (including O’Donnell’s unprofessional ‘what is wrong with you?’) but at the same time it is impossible to look past how much he brings this on himself, and how he tried to lie his way out the first time, then thought he would never be caught again.Around him the film lets us see other interesting characters. Huma Abedin perhaps is seen in a different light now that her involvement with the Clinton Foundation exec and ‘pay for play’ is a matter of public record, but here it is hard to watch her graceful attempts to weather the storm while being endlessly humiliated by her husband. The film doesn’t question her motives for staying with him (political or love?) nor does it show us enough to draw a conclusion on that. Likewise the bunch of eager young staffers around him, all of whom appear to be bottling up frustrations the best they can – you get the feeling that this is as much about the Clinton’s being a few degrees away, rather than a great belief in Weiner himself.As an insider look at a tabloid scandal, it is ‘entertaining’ and engaging, with great editing to give it pace and impact. However it doesn’t manage to connect to anything bigger than itself – which is a shame given the great opportunity that the access and timing gave them. At the end of the film even Weiner muses that the film will never be about more than the scandal, and he is right, they cannot get away from it. There are points to be made about the scandal- obsessed media, but yet since the film is doing this itself, that never totally flies; and it isn’t smart enough to ever hold a mirror up to the audience and ask ‘why do you find this interesting?’. This lack of a bigger point is a weakness in the film, but there is enough energy and content in the film to give the viewer plenty to mull over, even if the film doesn’t seem able to do it itself.

  • rebekah-diaz
    rebekah diaz

    For those who are familiar with the political campaign and the main subject of the film, nothing that is a huge revelation is discovered. What the documentary definitely does a great job of is simply letting us having a first-person access to the behind-the-scenes footage and events that went on in this trainwreck of a political campaign and arc. Weiner is a very interesting political figure as well as a very entertaining person, and so the documentary doesn’t have to do a whole lot to become a fascinating watch about politics and the media. I definitely recommend this to any documentary lover and to anyone really interested in the effects of the media.

  • amalia-eugenio-barreto
    amalia eugenio barreto

    ‘WEINER’: Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)The critically acclaimed documentary about Anthony Weiner’s troubled political campaign for Mayor of New York City, in 2013. The movie was directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. It not only received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics, but it was also nominated for dozens of prestigious awards (and it made multiple critics’ year end top 10 lists). I think it deserves all of the acclaim it’s been given.The film begins in 2011, when Anthony Weiner was forced to resign from Congress; due to inappropriate photos of him in his underwear surfacing online (that he had previously sent to multiple women). The film then covers his reemergence in politics, in 2013, when he ran for Mayor of New York City (in the Democratic Party primary). The filmmakers follow him, and his wife Huma Abedin, as things first went really well for them (in the campaign). Then the couple was forced to deal with more accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct (by Weiner). This also (of course) caused severe trouble for the campaign.The movie is cringeworthy to watch, a lot of the time, but (for me at least) I couldn’t look away either. It’s so bizarrely fascinating, and extremely insightful. The filmmakers managed to get an incredibly intimate look into the personal life of Anthony Weiner; and he claims that they didn’t have permission to use video of his wife. The film wouldn’t have been nearly as insightful, or intimate, if they hadn’t used it though. It’s a documentary masterpiece, just about as good as they get (in my opinion)!Watch our movie review show ‘MOVIE TALK’ at: https://youtu.be/mFAp0zxR-lY

  • mamontova-veronika-borisovna
    mamontova veronika borisovna

    I just finished watching this documentary ten minutes ago, after first hearing about it less than two hours before. It is absolutely RIVETING and deserves every one of the many awards it has won. I am amazed that Weiner allowed the filmmaker such total access to his campaign and inner circle during his Mayoral run.I must say that after watching this documentary, I have considerably more respect for the man now than I ever did before. That said, the documentary ends the day after Weiner’s Dem primary loss in 2013. It would have been SOOO much better if it had included his THIRD sexting go-around (with a 15-year-old girl in 2016) that ended with criminal charges, to which he pled guilty and will have to register as a Sex Offender. Sentencing is tomorrow (expected to be 2-3 years in prison.) Perhaps there could be an addendum added to the film?

  • z-kovacs-balazs
    z kovacs balazs

    It’s funny. Damn funny. Just saying the word ‘Weiner’ makes me laugh. I know, I’m ten years old, but I laugh every time. I’m not the only one though, as you can listen to forty seconds of a radio show below to see well-respected and professional film critics laugh at the word. It might be ironic and even funnier when you say the word and imply the former politician Anthony Weiner from a few years ago, given what happened with that guy’s political run and life. Luckily for us, a couple people made a documentary on Anthony Weiner’s life in the thick of all the scandals, simply titled ‘Weiner’.Filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg were granted heavy access in Weiner’s home and political campaign offices as Weiner himself was given a second chance in New York City to run for Mayor. If we back up a bit, and as this documentary shows in the first couple of minutes, is that Anthony Weiner was once the top of the democratic field with his amazing and boastful performance at the House of Representatives that made the news for quite a while. You couldn’t talk about politics or social issues without bringing up Anthony Weiner and his courageous stand against the opposing view. It wasn’t very long before Weiner became a joke, when an image of his weiner showed up in a sexual text message to someone other than his wife Huma Abedin, who was a former adviser for Hillary Clinton.Anthony lies to the people and media about it all, but then confessed. He resigned from his political office and tried to work on his marriage. This is where this ‘Weiner’ documentary picks up, with Anthony asking the people for a second chance and his run for mayor. We get glimpses of his home life, campaign rallies, and him riding a bike in New York. Things look on the up and up, but a new scandal hits again with new images taken recently of Weiner’s weiner, this time fully exposed to a woman named Sydney Leathers.In the heart of him running for mayor, all of these images leak and his family and media jump all over it, and not necessarily in a good way. Anthony tries to talk politics on numerous television shows and interviews, but the only thing anyone wants to talk about is his weiner. It’s funny and sad all at the same time, and this intimate documentary shows the awkward and sad moments that Huma had to endure at her husband’s now public weiner. Anthony seems like a nice enough guy and he seemed to be on top of his game, but he just couldn’t seem to keep it in his pants, at least on a text message.The real villain here is Sydney Leathers, who made everything public just to be famous and get money. She even tried to to show up to his campaign office on election night to make it awkward. That’s poor form, but hey, she went on to do adult films. I don’t know if Anthony Weiner can ever recover from this second scandal, but I hope the people of the USA can look past personal lives and focus on the political issues he stood for, because that’s what it’s all about, and not some naked photos online. The documentary does a good fly-on-the-wall type of approach and never gets in the way of any political issues here. It’s just about the Weiner family’s life in and out of a particularly embarrassing scandal.RECOMMENDED!

  • zachary-grant
    zachary grant

    “I did a lot of things. But I did a lot of other things, too.” Anthony WeinerThe tragicomic story of seven-term congressman from New York, Anthony Weiner, is almost too absurd to be true. After resigning from Congress over sexting, while waging a vigorous 2013 campaign for mayor of NYC, Weiner is disclosed to have texted again visions of his maleness to other women than his wife, Huma Abedin. The tragedy is that this aide to then Senator Hillary Clinton is an accomplished woman, totally undeserving the abject humiliation her husband’s sexting has caused her.Filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg in this fascinating doc called Weiner gained permission from him to film his most intimate moments of the campaign, especially with his wife while his tech-straying disgrace is made public. While for us commoners, such peccadilloes amount to little in a public forum (but much, of course, in the personal arena), these moments are heart-rending to see: This accomplished wife forces herself, with barely a smile, to support her husband.The ancient Greeks knew well the flaws and foibles of celebrities gone wild. In this revelation of hubris, an overweening pride that comes before the fall, even the tragedians might not have dared to show the Congressman sexting even after his initial exposure (so to speak). Yes, he sends photos of his masculinity to a 22 year old woman, who will complete his ignominy by revealing them to a press overjoyed at a second round.The despair is that he had seemingly come back into the good graces of the public, only to be outed again and lose that support and the mayoral primary to Bill DeBlasio. The documentary is there for the grand moments of revelation and shame, none more poignant than privately with his wife, who seems almost shell-shocked by the new revelation. Unfortunately, the quotes at the beginning of this review are the most insight we ever get, despite the filmmakers’ intimacy, to help us understand why such a gifted populist should so carelessly toss away his position and reputation. Perhaps his wife’s mute incredulity stands for our own.In the end we must conclude with a saying never more appropriate than here: “Who knows the secrets of the human heart?”

  • kelly-melton
    kelly melton

    I grimaced (both with amusement and embarrassment) throughout this tightly-edited portrait of an egomaniac. The filmmakers were allowed an amazing amount of access in to subjects lives, during which the viewer can’t help but debate if we want to like or despise Anthony Weiner. I think that was also what his spouse, Huma Abedin was debating the whole time too. Weiner: A guy who literally could not keep his d**k in his pants. The question is raised during the film, to whether or not Anthony may have a mental illness or sex addition, which is never really addressed – more accepted. A highlight is when Weiner snaps at the filmmaker for daring to ask him a question. Great Film! 9/10

  • dr-leonard-yates
    dr leonard yates

    Greetings again from the darkness. Normally I would have no interest in a movie with this title, but in this case, it’s a chance to get a glimpse into the psychological make-up of a guy who obliterated his own political career … by simply being unable to keep his privates private. The end result of the efforts from filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg is nearly unrestricted access to a NYC mayor candidate’s campaign, as well as a look at a politician that is at times tense, and other times funny (in a laughing AT you kind of way).In 2011, seven-term New York Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned in the aftermath of a sexting scandal made worse by (what else?) … his lying and attempted cover-up. The film begins with a clip of one of Weiner’s explosive speeches, meant to portray his expertise as a legislator and politician. This is quickly followed by the pun-filled headlines that exposed his sexting habit, seemingly leaving his political career in the dust.Picking up two years later, the film finds the disgraced former Congressman running a campaign for NYC mayor. We can’t be too surprised as we have learned numerous times that many politicians are addicted to power and life in the public eye. What makes this an interesting subject is two-fold: how publicly humiliated Weiner had been, and the fact that his wife is Huma Abedin, long-time Hillary Clinton adviser and aide.We don’t learn how it happened, but we do find Anthony and Huma are still married, are parents to a young child (she was pregnant when the first scandal hit), and that Huma fully supports his mayoral candidacy. As the campaign kicks off, Weiner is a frontrunner, proving that we are a forgiving lot. The cameras capture him in full candidate mode – making calls to potential donors, giving speeches, dealing with staffers, and working the crowds at his energy-filled parades. Of course, it’s all a façade … or at least half of one.When the second sexting scandal hits and “Carlos Danger” makes headlines as Weiner’s online pseudonym, the real trainwreck begins, and we find it impossible to turn away. It’s at this point where our feelings are confirmed … Huma is by far the more interesting of these two personality polar opposites. Where Weiner is two-faced – bouncing between humbled and overly ambitious; Huma is cool, collected and (seemingly) smart.Weiner remains clueless about his chances, and the level of tension skyrockets in meetings and during spousal moments. It’s impossible not to believe that the energies used towards the campaign would have been better spent in therapy – both individual and as a couple. His stream of lies proved he had not changed his ways, and his periodic reflective and apologetic moments are diminished by his true color nastiness, which is more pervasive.The film gets unnecessarily sidetracked during a segment that features one of Weiner’s phone sex relationships – codenamed “Pineapple”. Entirely too much time is spent on her pathetic publicity grab, and fortunately it all falls flat. It is a reminder that the media never misses a chance to film a frenzy … even if they have to manipulate it. There is no room in a documentary for TWO trainwrecks! After the film and the irresistible draw of watching this ego-driven dude never once come to grips with why he is socially unacceptable as a leader, we realize there are unanswered questions. Why did Huma stick with her husband? Why was she onboard with him getting back in the game … did she really miss the public eye? The filmmaker flat out asks Weiner “Why have you let me film this?” Perhaps the answer to that last question is somewhat explained when you know that Anthony Weiner made an appearance in “Sharknado 3”. Some people just need the spotlight.The hecklers, the eye rolls, the angry outbursts all lead up to Lawrence O’Donnell asking Weiner “What’s wrong with you?” I asked myself that same question after the movie when I realized that I was mesmerized the entire time. As for Huma ever allowing herself to be the subject of a documentary, we can only assume that she is too sagacious to allow such unfettered camera access to her work. I suppose her appearance in the next “Sharknado” is equally unlikely.

  • priit-kivilo
    priit kivilo

    Everybody knows that politics and political figures are so common with scandal, corruption, and bribes, and you guessed it sex scandals! And the world again was rocked with one Anthony Weiner! This eye opening and interesting film called “Weiner” looks at how the media and scandal of texts and photos and nude pictures help bring down a former congressman and mayoral candidate. The news footage is nearly from every network and the interviews are a compelling saga and the way the camera follows around Anthony and wife Huma is so interesting as you the viewer can feel the tension and pain between the two as the scandals break, and the speak and words from the mouth of Weiner confirm that he is a destroyed and beaten man. Most of you who follow the news know the story in 2010 a hacker and media outlet had broke news that Anthony Weiner had texted and snapped pictures of his erect and hard penis thru his underwear and the incident would cause him to resign from congress and then later in 2013 when he got back in the game or his “New York Grove” the next scandal hit online on a website from a source a young girl named Sydney Leathers who’s an attractive big breasted girl that exchanged text nude pictures and even admitted to phone sex with Anthony. And you guessed it this would destroy his mayoral campaign and political life, yet thru it all Huma would stand by her man. Overall near excellent film that shows how a vice when revealed and exposed can destroy your profession and bring you down in life never being the same as some like Anthony Weiner never learn as the habit is so hard to break!

  • ulrico-damico
    ulrico damico

    New York Congressman Anthony Weiner gets caught in a sexting scandal and resigns in June 2011. He decides to reenter politics by running for Mayor of New York. His campaign in the Democratic primary in 2013 starts to pick up speed when a second sexting scandal erupts. His wife Huma Abedin again comes to his side but the campaign flounders. Weiner is no doubt a compelling Shakespearian tragic figure. Once his scandal erupts again, this gets very uncomfortable at times. The central star becomes the mysterious Huma. In some respects, she’s the Spinx holding back her secrets. In other respects, her looks could kill and she speaks volumes with her silence.

  • erik-gomboc
    erik gomboc

    Many politicians have been caught up in scandals, but few have been quite as comical as Anthony Weiner’s scandal. He would have been mocked a lot less if he had just cheated with his secretary like other politicians.While that level of embarrassment would have made me hide in a bunker, Weiner got back on the political horse. As a New Yorker, I was shocked when he entered the mayoral race, and stunned when it looked like he might actually win the nomination. This documentary follows Weiner’s surprising resurgence and less surprising second crash. It’s a fascinating movie. Weiner is a natural politician who knows how to work a crowd, but he’s also a sex addict who, for all his apologies, seemed never able to accept that he had a problem needing addressing. His wife Huma seems lovely, and much of the movie consists of her looking as though she really, really wants to punch Weiner in the face. We watch the campaign staff as they discover they have signed up for a train wreck. We see Sydney Leathers trying to come across as the aggrieved party while simultaneously using the publicity to start a porn career.Weiner is an interesting guy, and I think New Yorkers rejected for him less for his sexual compulsion than for his lying about it. In a way it seems as though his denial is a tragic flaw that made Weiner his own worst enemy. It’s sad, and my heart breaks for Huma. But let’s be honest, it’s still one of the most amusing scandals we’ve had.

  • jacqueline-mcdonald
    jacqueline mcdonald

    “The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” Blaise Pascal “Man, you’re all full of **** anyway.” Passerby on street”Huhuhuhuhuhuhuh Heheheheheheh Weiner…” Beavis & Butt-head (probably)I feel like these three quotes kind of sum up a lot of what this movie, Weiner, a documentary that chronicles as a harrowing, cringe-inducing tragedy of politician Anthony Weiner’s failed bid for the 2013 Mayoral race in New York city, is going for, but only part of it. You can look at what the filmmakers present from different angles – as a portrait of a media that, due to how it operates (especially in New York city with the Daily News and Post and everything under the sun) in reporting the ‘news’ of this or that or the other with Weiner’s sexting as “Carlos Danger”, and how this media obsession perpetuates things further and further (technology itself is part of it – imagine what would’ve happened if things were only 10 or 15 years before this), or of course as a portrait of a man and his marriage which we see glimpses of in quiet looks and stares and things that the (mostly) fly-on-the-wall filmmakers get.What you think about Weiner ahead of time may influence you going in. Or if you don’t know much about him outside of the Daily Show and Colbert Report skits it may be educational in that way of recent/contemporary history. I think that the movie is fair in that it shows ALL the coverage – both the bytes in the various cable news coverage and things like Weiner’s appearance on Lawrence O’Donnell where he was asked point blank “What’s *wrong* with you?” – while showing Weiner in both the (semi good) early run-up when he started his campaign and, indeed, had a lead to start with, and then as he kept his composure much as he could while the second scandal blew up and wouldn’t go away.Could it have gone away? No, probably (or definitely) not, and the question of should or shouldn’t he have dropped out of the race comes to mind. But the coverage of it all in this film is uncanny. At times you’ll wonder how they got a camera in such a place, or how, up until the moment the filmmakers are told to get out of a room, they stay there until told to leave (or on the flip-side the very funny moment when in a car the director happens to ask a particular touchy question and Weiner can’t help but go off on the guy, like “Is THIS what you mean by ‘fly on the wall?’) A lot of the humor that does come up is in that pitch-black, uncomfortable way that goes far beyond anything you’d ever see on Louie or Curb Your Enthusiasm. And the cringing isn’t always funny – sometimes it comes down to the look two people have with nothing being said out loud and everything being said in the eyes.One of the things that is hard to not come away with, whether by the end you feel some modicum of sympathy (or, hell, even empathy if that’s possible) with Weiner from this period of time, is that he’s not your average politician or, I should say, one that is the usual type we might think of as a politician. Usually they come off as stiff, bought and paid for or at the least handled to such a degree as to seem inhuman, or try to come off as “wholesome” and yet say the most monstrous things.Weiner was/is a liberal, but you get someone who can talk in reasoned tones except when, well, things p*** him off (his entree into the spotlight came in his time as Congressman when he exclaimed “I will NOT yield” during a debate on a 9/11 responders bill), or when he is confronted by someone. We see him not back down from people, whether it’s hard questions at a City Island campaign stop or a heckler in a deli. The guy is tough, and yet there’s also a self-deprecating humor at times. And he’ll even watch things like the O’Donnell clip – extended version online, of course – just to get motivated to start his day. What a pair of… oh, nevermind.And yet at the same time what I love about the movie is that it shows that he can’t escape, and really liked to be a part of, the whole ‘game’ of it, the act. When he does an ad for TV it feels like he’s acting for the camera, and seeing the footage from this ad in its finished form intercut with his wife sitting by the side looking a mixture of bored and (maybe) frustrated is astonishing. It’s difficult not to leave the movie with some judgment of him, and at the same time the trick of this is that it presents him in (as much as possible) the full, er, ‘package’ (sorry, puns are unavoidable, I tried). The point is if you like to see the nitty gritty political maneuvering and how a mind works in the midst of a scandal, this is a serious delight (both serious and delightful).PS: Recently Weiner’s retracted how he feels in the documentary and wishes he hadn’t made the movie and won’t watch it. The latter is fair, while the former is… well, who knows.

  • rhafayel-petrosyants
    rhafayel petrosyants

    It’s so easy to judge Anthony Weiner from reading text on social media, in the newspaper, and / or the news shows on TV. “Weiner” is a great documentary film and as others have written, riveting. I was fixated the entire 90 minutes; all the time asking myself, “Why would he let them document this?”, all the while cringing for his wife, Huma Abedin.Where is the line drawn between loyalty and abuse? Although Huma is very clear on where she will and won’t participate in the documentary, you wonder where and when does her loyalty to her husband become nothing more than emotional abuse? There are two types of obscene behavior, the indecent kind that brought Anthony Weiner down, and the disgusting kind that has little disregard for the rights of others. The documentary exposes the latter in a defining rarity: With only 4 – 5 % of the vote and dead last, the media chases Weiner all around like dogs in heat trying to squeeze every last tidbit out of the story.Who are we to judge? When we become persistent observers of misery or scandal…fascinated with the distressing sordid scandalous events of others, are we engaging in voyeurism? If you see the movie, please let me hear back from you.

  • liza-salii
    liza salii

    At first glance, the film seems to be about how a promising congressman from New York destroyed his political career because of inappropriate postings on the internet. It is to some extent, but it is also about how the media can build up someone in one moment and tear that same person down the next. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.”Weiner” begins with archival footage of Anthony Weiner as the liberal firebrand on the floor of the House. Having not known much about Rep. Weiner before the scandal, this was eye-opening to me. Here you really see what he could have become had the scandal not occurred.From that point on, the film follows the subject from the initial scandal up until the aftermath of his New York mayoral run. As expected, the film shows numerous clips about Weiner during this critical time in his career and the media circus that ensued. However, what really makes the film compelling is the behind-the-scenes footage between Weiner, his campaign staff and his family. You really feel like a “fly on the wall” eavesdropping on some very personal discussions. The film was co-directed and shot by Josh Kriegman, who once served as Weiner’s chief-of-staff. Kriegman and his co- director Elyse Steinberg, were given unprecedented access. What does go is so personal and intense that at one point in the film, Kriegman even asks Weiner why he is even allowing them to continue shooting.”Weiner,” while infuriating sometimes to watch, is a wild ride of a character-study filled with contradictions. On the one hand, Anthony Weiner seems to be fully aware of the damage he has inflicted to his career and his family, but at other times appears quite delusional. Seeing “Weiner” is like watching a slow moving train wreck. You know what is going to happen, but you watch it anyway to see how it happens. This film definitely falls into the category of “truth is stranger than fiction.” It’s hard to imagine another personality in recent history that is so unfiltered and self-absorbed in his quest for higher office, with the exception of a fellow named, Donald Trump. This is not just a film about Anthony Weiner, but a critique at how the mainstream media values style and sensationalism over substance. This is evidenced in a sequence that occurs toward the end of the film that must be seen to be believed. In short, “Weiner” is a fascinating character-study and must be considered an early awards favorite.

  • emily-nguyen
    emily nguyen

    As a New Yorker who voted in the mayoral election that is depicted in this film…..ahhh, if I had only known better. Weiner is a politician who had a sex/porn/internet problem and it didn’t disappear the minute he was publicly disgraced. Yet, he was an excellent politician, without a doubt a better candidate than the one I voted for. And yet, the story that was most in the news at the time (and shown in this film) was his poor judgement about his personal life, and negligible press about his competency as a champion for the middle class. Furthermore, the timeline of the Sydney Leathers relationship was hardly prominent. I hadn’t realized it was over a year earlier. (Albeit better if it had been five years earlier though.)History is replete with great leaders who had amoral sex lives, not the least Harding who had an illegitimate child shortly before his election as our 29th president. We won’t even discuss what happened in JFK’s life, and yet the public forgives him. In no way do I think Weiner should be condoned for acting so inappropriately while being a public servant, but it would also be great if we could focus on POLITICAL competency instead of extramarital sexual blunders. As I see it, when Donald Trump is the GOP nominee with all his sexual improprieties, obviously it’s all about the media. And to me, that is the true essence of this documentary. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MEDIA. My takeaway, although cliché, is that it’s the media’s storyline, which panders to the readers’ lowest common interest — bringing serious consequences to our politics today.

  • klara-zupanc
    klara zupanc

    “Weiner” (2016 release; 96 min.) is a documentary about disgraced new York politician Anthony Weiner (pronounced: “wiener”, not “whiner”). As the movie opens, we have Weiner in an interview chair, talking to the documentary makers. We then go back to 2011, when we get a thumbnail overview of how a sexting scandal led to his resignation from US Congress. We then shift to “May 13, 2013, two years after his resignation”. Weiner is about to enter the race for New York Mayor, and along the way decided to give unlimited access to these documentary makers during his campaign. By then you are already nailed to your seat as you watch what is unfolding.Couple of comments: this is the first full-length documentary for co-writer and directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. While the comeback attempt in and of itself would’ve made for riveting viewing, can you imagine how they felt when smack in the middle of the unfolding campaign, another controversy explodes? It doesn’t get any better than this for documentaries (on the same level as “The Armstrong Lie” about Lance Armstrong and “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” about Wilco). There are so many fine moments in this documentary, and I certainly don’t want to spoil your viewing experience, but allow me to just point out two scenes: there is a very clever montage of Weiner’s campaign taking a foothold and gaining track (to the point of leading the polls), set to the “Theme of S.W.A.T.”, and it works beautifully. Even better is the scene between Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin when the second controversy explodes. Ah yes, the wife. Normal people like you and me immediately think: why on earth does she decide to stick by her man, time and again, humiliation upon humiliation? Then it dawns on me: these are not ‘normal’ people like you and me. Huma stays with Weiner the same reason Hillary stayed with Bill: it’s all about the power! These career politicians know one thing, and one thing only: get the power, and stay in power, whatever means necessary, whatever personal sacrifice is needed along the way. When the final curtain comes down (Weiner obviously did not win the mayoral election), one of the directors asks Weiner “why did you let me film all this?”. You’ll just have to see for yourself how Weiner responds to this… Bottom line: if you like documentaries, you will absolutely love this riveting look at a disgraced politician whose narcissistic personality disorder is fully exposed here.”Weiner” made a splash when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and I couldn’t wait to see it. It finally opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Saturday matinée screening where I saw this at was attended poorly, to my surprise. Maybe strong word-of-mouth (which this movie surely generates) will lead to wider exposure down the road through VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray. Meanwhile, “Weiner” is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!