What’s in a name? Not much. Unless that name is Weiner.
Directors Kriegman and Steinberg gain unparalleled access to the disgraced dick-pic Democrat as he runs for New York mayor. Their intimate approach exposes two sides to the man: the passionate liberal politician and the fallible human who can’t seem to resist revealing himself on camera.
Mostly, the camera follows Weiner from the eye of the storm, often in the same room, as major revelations break.
Weiner’s offhand gallows humour, and a wealth of archive material make for a tragicomic masterpiece.
Weiner’s resilience is admirable, but it’s heart-breaking to see his wife, Huma, (arguably a bigger political player than him) watch on in near-mute anguish while Weiner is beaten into submission.
CAST: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart
DIRECTORS: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
WRITERS: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
SYNOPSIS: A fly-on-the-wall documentary examining disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign, which was derailed by a sexting scandal.