Cinema Clips: Weiner

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Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner was a hardworking, impassioned spitfire with a promising future. He seemingly threw that all away when he tweeted out pictures of his surprisingly hot bod to virtual strangers, in addition to all out sexting with them. Word got out, and the man was dethroned.

This documentary from directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Stenberg shows the humiliated politician seemingly on the comeback trail, making a serious run for NYC mayor with renewed public support and wife Huma Abedin still at his side despite the naked pics sent to ladies other than herself.

Even the press seemed to be lightening up on the dude, although fellow politicians still shot arrows. Weiner was actually in the lead when word got out he had continued the whole sexting thing well after his resignation, even doing phone sex with one particular, insane fan. The doc then becomes an examination of a fairly sick guy losing it all once again, a man unable to control his stranger impulses. During it all, Weiner remained defiant, committed and steadfast in his beliefs that he would make a good mayor. The public didn’t see it that way, and he went from holding the lead to finishing dead last with less than five percent of the vote.

No doubt, the man is entertaining and certainly anything other than uninteresting, making this documentary a fascinating and entertaining one. It’s also an undeniable testament to the negative powers of the selfie, especially the partially naked selfie. 

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