REVIEW: Weiner

Weiner movie

Directed by: Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg
Written by: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg

Why was Anthony Weiner destroyed? If you followed the headlines behind the former New York Congressman and mayoral candidate, you know an embarrassing photo of his bulging underwear was accidentally shared on his Twitter account, which led to more embarrassing photos and online encounters he had with random women.  But why was he so destroyed?

In Weiner, an extraordinary documentary from Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, the answer seems to be that he didn’t feel permanent shame for the sexting scandal.  It was his refusal to abandon public life, and to try to move forward in an age where a person’s every act, especially their mistakes, can be archived and dug up online. He’s a relentless, impulsive narcissist, yes, but also an confrontational idealist.  It’s what makes him both a good public speaker and a bad public figure.

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