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Weiner

American politics is replete with bizarreness, but the story of Anthony Weiner takes some beating. The Democratic congressman hit global headlines in 2011 when a photograph of his genitals appeared on Twitter. Denials that he had posted the image quickly fell apart, along with his reputation, as numerous earlier dick-pic peccadilloes were splashed across the media. In this engrossing, highly entertaining fly-on-the-wall film we meet Weiner two years after his resignation, in the early stages of a redemptive bid to become the mayor of New York City. He has rebuilt his relationship with wife, Huma Abedin, the top aide to Hillary Clinton. He is politically reinvigorated. Early polls put him at the top of the Democratic pack. But then the wheels fall off: more pics emerge, sent  crucially  well after Weiners public apology. The tabloid circus returns. Weiner insists hell plough on, as members of his team revolt. Abedin stares, disbelieving. Somehow, the camera is allowed to go on rolling too  even as the campaign culminates in unimaginable ignominy, with Weiner scurrying through a McDonalds to evade Pineapple, the code name for an aspiring porn star who received Weiner-pics and is keen to leverage some publicity. The reality for Weiner is less The West Wing, more Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Year: 2016
Genre: Political Docos
Country: USA
Director: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Duration: 92 Minutes
Rating: M - Offensive language and sexual references.
7.6/10
Location in store: Documentary (Political)

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