Posted Jul 08 2016
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Weiner - This Weiner Dick, Sorry, Doc Rocks

Dir: Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg

Starring Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin

Scandal-prone politician Anthony Weiner is referred to both as a preening self promoter and a narcissist in this look at his recent life. And these assessments are pretty fair. The hubristic democrat may talk a good talk on the floor of the House, but he also apparently talked a good talk on numerous sex chat lines, and had a habit of sexting revealing photos of himself – cue a million Weiner’s wiener gags and headlines. His long-suffering wife is named Huma – something she displays very little of here.

Towards the end of the movie, the off-camera director asks Weiner “Why did you let me film this?” and the only answer really does appear to lie in the subject’s narcissistic belief n his own ego. Talking directly to camera, Weiner appears to be almost acting. This is a film about his life and he knows he’s starring in it, even if it can’t help but paint him in an unpleasant light. As such it’s a fascinating portrait of a baffling man. At one point a TV interviewer asks him repeatedly “What’s wrong with you?" This doc goes at least some way towards answering that.

 

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