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Weiner

Director:  Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg
Year Released:  2016
Rating:  2.0

Kriegman and Steinberg follow around energetic politician Anthony Weiner as he runs for Mayor of N.Y.C. only to have his campaign derailed by sexting scandals (in which he was caught sending pictures of his genitals to women he never met in person); his wife, Hillary Clinton's advisor Huma Abedin, although humiliated, stands by his side. The documentarians suggest that without the (numerous) sexting incidents Weiner would have been elected - they show a lack of support for De Blasio's public appearances - and there's no doubt he wants to help the people of his city (and not just the blackjack dealers and would-be pornstars of the world), but the constant zooming in on Huma's disgusted expressions every time something 'new' develops is too easy (really, the woman's put up with enough) and Weiner's handling of the situation comes across as creepy and crude: he's superficially apologetic, a bad husband and shamelessly self-destructive. Even after this feature wrapped up he kept on having 'conversations' with other women - as some bloke named Thom once sang, "You do it to yourself, just you, you and no one else." One thing is for sure: he's a better public speaker than a hockey goalie (yeesh!).

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