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Weiner

Weiner
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Rated: R for language and some sexual material.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 20, 2016 Released by: Sundance Selects

Another well-crafted, trenchant political documentary surveying that turbulent landscape comes from Elyse Steinberg and John Kreigman.

A suggestively truculent Weiner resonates in the look of those in office or attempting to gain it in the stereotyping of the perception and reality of its prevailing exploitative nature.

Here, Big Apple (Brooklyn/Queens) Congressman Anthony D. Weiner (perhaps akin to the debauched former Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, who patronized a former elite escort service)  is the subject who appeared to be for the common, less opportunistic folk in his avidness towards governmental policies and overlooked areas.

Yet, the intriguing candor of this fly-on-the-wall portrait comes from impropriety brought about from sexually explicit photos of Weiner exposed from his twitter account in 2011. Suffice to say, his trust and reputation was put on the line when told he was better off vacating his office and constantly the butt of many late-night talk show jokes.

The equanimity of the quality filmmaking isn't about a smear campaign in following the disgraced politician in his running for mayor of the multi-borough metropolis in 2013. One of the top aides to current assumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Weiner's long-suffering wife and now mother to their young child (who cries during a flashing media frenzy) is really tested after a rapprochement when one 'Carlos Danger' surfaces. Soon thereafter more slutty dolls like porn wannabe Sydney turn up in their connection to a venal individual not realizing the extent of self-destructiveness behavior beyond sexting.

Not to say that Weiner won't make an audience laugh at times till it hurts from the forthright impartiality which, at one point, questions why someone would allow the project to see the light of day. Even the colorfully cocky Republican Presidential likely opponent of Clinton, steely businessman Donald Trump, briefly bastardizes the once-promising man who couldn't make right by his family as well as his constituents.

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