Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5
Weiner is an excellent documentary about Anthony Weiner’s ill-advised run for NYC mayor a couple of years ago. He attempted to resurrect his political career two years after resigning from Congress due to a sexting scandal.
Just following his campaign would have been fascinating enough, but the filmmakers got lucky when new sexting allegations popped up and caused his campaign to implode. There are lots of fascinating things to watch: the political campaign and its workings, the press coverage, his dealing with the scandal, and the increasingly-strained relationship between Weiner and his wife (a top Clinton advisor).
The film is thought-provoking. Parts are funny and others are painful to watch. The question I hoped would be answered is why he would allow this film to be made. Late in the film he was asked that question, but didn’t answer. My view is that, due to his ego, he expected this to be a film about a great political comeback story. This film is never dull and highly recommended.