1. Frank says

    Did they seriously think that a producer would make a movie about Barney Frank and leave that out? It sounds like Valerie Cherish and The Comeback.

  2. Alex Parrish says

    Good documentary always includes the negative along with the positive traits. It is embarrassing to Frank — not because it is in the film — but because it actually happened. That is as it should be.

  3. MikeBoston says

    I voted for Frank and I think he was one of the better congressmen of the past few decades. And he is whip smart. But they were naïve to think this was not going to be a warts and all documentary. The prostitute living in the basement was a huge wart that was going to be covered.

  4. Derek Washington says

    Another example of the arrogant attitudes of politicians. You agreed to a documentary not a glorification.

  5. Clareece Precious Jones says

    Oh please — I was there at the screening and q&a and this remark from Barney Frank’s husband was totally out of line and revealed a naivete that did not come off in the film itself. The documentary is GREAT. You cannot tell the “improbable journey of Barney Frank” without including the scandal that thrust him into the spotlight. It was not handled in a malicious or hurtful manner. It was matter of fact, relatively brief, and actually extremely important — not only in its significance in his career, but also in seeing how well Frank handled the crisis and MOVED ON. I personally think it makes Barney Frank look even stronger. The only thing embarrassing or rude on display at that screening was Jim Ready’s outburst.

  6. Jason MacBride says

    Not only would it be impossible to produce a coherent documentary without mentioning the prostitute-ticket fixing incident, we can be pretty sure all that was discussed with the former prostitute houser before the documentary was made.

  7. UFFDA says

    Barney Frank’s is one of the great Congretional biographies in the history of the USA. And it’s a hoot to boot.

  8. Allen from Austin says

    “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy”. Edwin Edwards

  9. Mike in Asheville says

    Oh please, “not relevant”? It most certainly is relevant, particularly considering Frank likes to pretend that he is some-sort of hero by being the first congressman to bravely face publically coming out. Pish-posh. Before the scandal, Frank was as deep in the closet as every other closeted congressman and senator.

    The distinction between Frank and other congressmen who were/had been exposed as gay is Frank was the first to admit his true self and not resign in a continued effort to hide from public view. I’ll give Frank credit for that;it could not have been easy and required extraordinary personal strength.

  10. joe c says

    Are they kidding? I love Barney like hell, but he pulled strings and lied to cover up this relationship with that kid. It’d be a puff piece if they didn’t include it.

  11. says

    I support Barney overall, but give me a break: A documentary about his life WITHOUT that would have been a total puff piece and that would’ve been the embarrassing part.

  12. Bo says

    He was interviewed on NPR just the other day and spoke about the “scandal” and seemed quite comfortable talking about it. Seems a little disingenuous to say he’s embarrassed about it here.

  13. anon says

    I’ll chock this up to “spousal extremism”. Rude? As in, “How dare they”? and “Why, I never”? BF can dish it out but can’t take it?

  14. Randy says

    That is a part of Frank’s life and history. It needs to be in there. It would be like a documentary on Teddy Kennedy without Chappaquiddick, or on W without his inability to speak English at greater than a Grade 5 level.

  15. BobN says

    What? We’re supposed to make a movie about lemonade that doesn’t mention lemons?

    That scandal, painful as it must have been, was one of the best things that ever happened to Barney Frank. It forced him into a great life. Might he have found his way into a great life without it? Maybe, quite a bit later and with a lot less clarity of purpose, I would wager.

  16. Dback says

    Saw “Finding VIvian Maier” the other day, another warts-and-all portrait of a one-of-a-kind individual. Sometimes, it’s the imperfections and foibles that make someone human. (Wasn’t it Leonard Cohen who said “There’s a crack in everything–that’s how the light gets in.”)