Weiner (2016)

weiner“As much as you may want to tell a story, it’s still gonna be the same frame of the same… thing.” – Anthony Weiner

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary about the New York City mayoral campaign of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner and his attempt to return to political life.

My Take on it – As many of you already know, I’m a fan of the political history of the US and eventhough I don’t know everything that goes on, I try to keep as up to date on major events if I can.

I use to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart every day and I recall a few interviews with Anthony Weiner while he served in Congress.

When his scandal hit in 2011, he once again was on and discussed it with Stewart.  Despite their friendship, the show constantly made fun of the scandal and obviously that kept me very up to date with everything going on.

They continued with their jokes during his mayoral race and this film focuses on that period of his life.

When I heard about six months ago that this documentary was to be released, I was extremely excited to see it because of my knowledge on his political history and I wanted to see how they would spin it all.

I’m quite happy that this movie was done in a very straight fashion and gives us all the information as it happened in a fly on the wall manner.

It’s great watching everything unfold as it happens and seeing the immediate response from everyone involved.

There are scenes that made me feel sorry for Weiner and other where I felt he was quite courageous in his cations and others where I thought he was a complete idiot.

In the end, he will always be considered a tragic figure because he had the potential to accomplish so much with his charisma and his love for the people but his flaws essentially ruined his political career no matter what he did.

He will unfortunately always be remembered for his scandals as opposed to the important social work that he tried to accomplish during his many years of public service.

Not every one is a Clinton who are like Teflon to scandals.

Bottom Line – Amazing documentary that plays out so well because we get to see it all as it happens. Weiner truly is a tragic figure because he is quite charismatic and was able to accomplish a lot but his personal flaws always come back to haunt him. He will unfortunately always be remembered for his scandals instead of for the important work he was able to do while in government. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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2 thoughts on “Weiner (2016)

  1. Never heard of this, I take it came out before the most recent scandal? It is a shame, because the guy always seemed pretty sincere and honest in interviews, but he really does have a serious issue and seems like he really can’t help himself when he keeps doing it regardless of the risks.


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