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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It discusses abusive relationships involving Marilyn Manson, as well as the work of activists to change statute of limitation laws across the country.
Positive Role Models
Abuse survivors demonstrate courage by sharing their stories. Activists are shown lobbying legislators to pass the Phoenix Bill.
Activists and abuse survivors are from all walks of life. Wood is White.
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Violence & Scariness
It contains lots of harrowing conversations about emotional, physical, and sexual abuse (some more detailed than others). Videos depicting Manson throwing things, yelling, arguing, threatening, etc. are also shown. There are also conversations about difficult home lives, childhood bullying, suicide, and racism. References are made to Hitler, and racist behaviors are discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
BDSM activities are referenced, and on occasion videos feature strong sexual content, including nudity. Pregnancy is discussed.
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There's words like "damn" and curses like "s--t" and "f--k." Anti-semitic epithets are visible and discussed, "N" word is both visible and discussed.
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Products & Purchases
Excerpts from Marilyn Manson music, videos, and his autobiography are featured throughout. Brief footage from Rachel Evan Wood's films are occasionally shown, too. While this isn't offered in a commercial context, it is consistent.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking is visible. Alcohol is sometimes visible, and drug abuse is discussed, as is the violent behavior resulting from it. There are brief scenes of people holding pills or with needles in their arms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Phoenix Rising is a documentary that centers on actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood and other women who are accusing controversial entertainer Marilyn Manson of domestic abuse. The stories shared by survivors detail emotional, physical, and sexual violence, and are sometimes accompanied by disturbing video footage. The documentary also has cursing, including "s--t" and "f--k," conversations about bullying, drinking and drug use, strong sexual content (including nudity) images of racist acts, and other mature themes. The proactive legislative efforts being made to help abuse survivors are also discussed.
Is It Any Good?
This disturbing but powerful documentary features Evan Rachel Wood reclaiming her voice as she advocates for domestic abuse survivors across the country. Wood, who was 18 when she began dating then-37-year-old Manson, articulates some of the reasons she believes led her to become trapped in the relationship. She also shares some of emotional and physical abuse she endured during that time, the stories of which are filled with harrowing descriptions of the events that transpired. These accounts, combined with disturbing imagery and video footage, often makes the overall production difficult to watch. Granted, the conversations are one-sided, given that neither Manson or his representatives were willing to participate in the storytelling process beyond denying any wrong doing. Nonetheless, Phoenix Rising is about survival, and sends an empowering message about breaking the cycle of abuse.
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