A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There aren't any lessons Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 sets out to teach, per se, but it indirectly teaches valuable lessons in self-responsibility, responsibility toward others, self-control, and importance of caring about community.
A couple of people of color, such as performers Wyclef Jean and P. Diddy and MTV reporter Ananda Lewis are shown. But overall, like with the original Woodstock festival, few to no people of color are shown in the crowds or within the Woodstock festival management.
The docuseries touches more on the sexism and rape culture at the festival. The docuseries also lightly addresses the racism and classism present in the crowd.
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Violence & Scariness
Discussions of rape, including rape of a teenage girl, and allegations of sexual assault. Scenes with violence, such as setting bonfires, throwing garbage, destroying property. Scenes with hurt individuals, including blood and descriptions of a broken leg and someone getting stitches.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Multiple scenes of nudity, featuring female breasts, male backsides, and descriptions of underage nudity, consensual sex, rape, and sexual harassment. People talking about wanting to have sex while at the festival.
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Swear words and phrases including "f--k," "f---ed," "f---ing," "high as balls," "s--t," "tits," "dicks," "motherf---ers," "pissed off," "hell," "goddamn." Exclamatory use of God ("God," "Lord"). Ableist words such as "crazy," "insane,"
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Products & Purchases
Converse and Budweiser are mentioned as sponsors of Woodstock '99. MTV is also a huge part of the docuseries.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with people taking and showing off substances such as mushrooms, marijuana, and Ecstacy. Scenes with drinking and descriptions of violent drunkenness and violent drug-induced behaviors.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 is a docuseries detailing the three days of carnage that happened at the 1999 attempted revival of the original 1969 Woodstock. The docuseries features rampant drug use, nudity, descriptions of sexual violence and physical violence, scenes with violence (destruction of property and general mayhem), and swear words. The film doesn't touch on the elements of race and class that affected the mindset of the crowd, but the series does focus on the sexually violent culture of the time and how that has possibly changed for the better thanks to movements like Me Too.
Is It Any Good?
This docuseries hopes to capture the same perverse magic as the various Fyre Fest documentaries that caught audience's attentions. On one level, Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 shows how the modern documentary has changed for mass consumption--the sheer amount of projects trying to create a "what the heck were they thinking?" vibe have skyrocketed since the Fyre Fest docs. Because of it, Trainwreck feels derivative. On another level, Trainwreck focuses almost exclusively on the horror of the music festival to get people talking without truly investigating the real stories behind the wildness. The series doesn't discuss how both Woodstock the '69 and '99 festivals were racially homogeneous -- while they claimed to address peace and love, the real-world issues affecting the journey to that peace and love, like racism, sexism, and class privileges (how were festival goers able to afford the high cost of tickets and transportation?) weren't discussed.
The series does touch on how the rioting seemed to stem from White male anger, an anger that feels unearned, considering the actual tragedies happening within the festival, such as women being harassed and sexually assaulted. Apart from the clear logistical issues at the festival, the series merely hints at the culture that told these young White men to burn things down without taking account for their actions. This makes the viewing experience less of an introspective exercise and more of one asking its audience to balk and titter at perceived zaniness.
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