Wiener (2016)

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Avail­able Tues­day

NOT to over­state things, but even in an era with an em­bar­rass­ment of must-see doc­u­men­taries, this gem re­ally is one that you can’t miss. It tells the dra­matic (and still run­ning) story of An­thony Wiener’s rise and fall. Just five years ago Wiener was a con­gress­man and may­oral can­di­date for New York. He was mar­ried to Huma Abe­din, Hil­lary Clin­ton’s glam­orous aide, and they had a son to­gether. The film fol­lows Weiner and his wife, be­gin­ning with his time in Congress and his 2011 res­ig­na­tion after pho­tos of his bulging underwear ap­peared on Twit­ter. He brashly mounts a po­lit­i­cal come­back, but more sex­u­ally com­pro­mis­ing pho­tos emerge — this time at­tached to the end­lessly-mock­able pseu­do­nym ‘Car­los Dan­ger’ — and then he re­ally is fin­ished, po­lit­i­cally speak­ing. As we now know, that wasn’t even close to rock bot­tom. The story con­tin­ued on to di­vorce, child en­dan­ger­ment charges and ul­ti­mately prison. Why he and Huma al­lowed the film­mak­ers such ac­cess might be be­yond com­pre­hen­sion for or­di­nary mor­tals but this doc’s mix­ture of hu­mour, hu­man­ity and tragedy are never less than com­pletely en­gross­ing.

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