In 2013, disgraced former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner decided to run for mayor in an attempt to rehabilitate his image after a sexting scandal drove him from office. Instead he got caught up in a new sexting scandal—and this time a documentary film crew was there to record the whole thing. This week the first trailer dropped, and damn does it look good.
The two-and-a-half minute trailer is jam packed with tense behind-the-scenes moments as Weiner, ostensibly on a comeback tour, falls prey to his own hubris again and again.
In between, he practices apologizing: “I am profoundly sorry,” he says to an empty room, before trying another tack. “For that, I am profoundly sorry.
The trailer also previews two other much-hyped scenes. In the first, Weiner’s wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, calmly instructs a nervous aide about to face an onslaught of reporters, “Just a quick optics thing—you will look happy.”
“We’re going to try to look like we’re holding together as a group,” Weiner says during the same meeting.
In the second, Weiner’s mistress Sydney Leathers—codenamed Pineapple by his staff—chases him barefoot through a McDonalds in an attempt to confront him.
“This is the worst, doing a documentary on my scandal,” Weiner grumbles with a pained look on his face. I beg to differ.
The movie is set for release on May 20.