Movie Review: IFC's Weiner



Weiner
Director: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Writers: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Starring: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Stephen Colbert
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some sexual material
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An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and the landscape of today's political landscape.

The story of Congressman Anthony Weiner and his fight with addiction. Just not the kind of addiction one would automatically think of. Following Weiner as he campaigns to be the Mayor of New York City, and the story of how the media is able to tear a person apart.

Honestly I stay away from anything political. Yes my voice is important when it comes to voting and such, but politics just makes me so angry that I stay away. At first I was a little apprehensive over whether or not I should watch this documentary. It started and I was like 'Ugh....another story about another politician.' Not something I thought I wanted to watch with the whole Trump thing going on at the moment.

I am so glad I watched this documentary. It was oddly interesting. Weiner actually seems like the kind of man that we would all want to represent us, he fights for his people. And he does it in a way that makes everyone feel as though they're important. But then his past creeps up. And his past might not be so far in the past as he would have us believe.

I was unaware of the whole scandal behind Weiner - the accidental sex tweet, and the numerous online relationships that were sparked. So going into this completely unaware probably made the documentary that much more entertaining. As a film student I do go into documentaries with a mindset that the filmmaker made the film they wanted to show audiences. So I'm always wary that we are only seeing one side. But I feel that this documentary did a decent job at showing both sides of this story and allowed for viewers to come up with their own thoughts about the story. 




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