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Weiner (2016)

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An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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Jordan Zain Weiner ...
Himself
Barbara Morgan ...
Herself - Communications Director
George McDonald ...
Himself
Camille Joseph ...
Herself - Campaign Manager
Amit Bagga ...
Himself - Senior Advisor
Maura Tracy ...
Herself - Senior Staffer
Sydney Leathers ...
Herself
Andrew Noh ...
Himself - Campaign Aide
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Adam S. Barta ...
Himself
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Himself (archive footage)
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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 ... Written by Huggo

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Anthony Weiner was a young congressman on the cusp of higher office when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Just two years later, he ran for Mayor of New York City, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions. He was wrong.

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Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »
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$84,173, 22 May 2016, Limited Release

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$1,612,203, 29 July 2016
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The film's opening prologue is a quotation which reads: "The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers - Marshall McLuhan". See more »

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[first lines]
Anthony Weiner: Shit. Shit. This is the worst. This is the worst. Doing a documentary on my scandal...
[happily on the phone]
Anthony Weiner: Hi!
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Written by Tom Paul and Alex Harvey
Produced by Tom Paul
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Performed by Stephanie Jenkins (banjo), Alex Harvey (guitar), Lesley Kernochan (saw), Laurence Goldman (bowed bass), Jon Graboff (pedal steel), Tom Paul (bass)
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fascinating look at a feisty, flawed politician
7 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

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.


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