A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
As a cautionary portrait of unchecked ambition and ego, WeCrashed is potent, though it'd be a shame for viewers to emulate the behavior it depicts.
Positive Role Models
Adam and Rebekah have some heroic aspects: they're loyal to each other, passionately loving, bold, and courageous. Yet the couple doesn't treat others with dignity and respect, and their treatment sometimes rises to the level of abuse. WeWork co-founder Miguel stands out as a man trying to do his best in bad circumstances.
Women are in strong and central roles, as are people of color. Adam Neumann is a man from Israel; we frequently see his Jewish heritage depicted and discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss passionately and pull off clothing before falling into bed; the camera cuts away before sex occurs. One relationship is central to the narrative, and it's clear how a partner can support one's best or worst instincts.
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Cursing is frequent and includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--," "bulls--t," "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
The spoils of wealth are prominent, with luxury cars, designer clothing, fancy apartments. It's mentioned that the Neumann's home has a key to Gramercy Park, an exclusive private park in New York City.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs and drinking are prominent: In the show's first episode, Adam gets a bong delivered to his bedside by one of his employees so he can smoke pot before even sitting up in bed. Characters drink frequently at work and at play; WeWork spaces have bars and we see colleagues gathering to drink. At parties, characters guzzle liquor, chant at each other to take shots, act sloppy, and slur their words.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WeCrashed tells the story of Adam Neumann, who was forced out of his company WeWork for alleged financial mishandling, and his wife Rebekah Neumann, who encouraged both his business ventures and his excesses. Drinking and drugs are prominent; Adam is brought a bong to smoke pot before even getting out of bed when viewers first meet him, and we see decadent parties at which participants are drunk to the point of slurring and sloppiness. Co-working spaces have bars at which colleagues gather and are shown having liquor and beer. Sexual content is restricted to passionate kissing, sometimes before characters fall into bed together. Language is frequent: "f--k," "f--king," "s--," "bulls--t," "a--hole." Women and people of color are in prominent roles, but the central character is an Israeli man who frequently treats others with disrespect, and can be verbally abusive to co-workers and business partners. In real life, the Neumanns led a lavish lifestyle that's depicted in many ways: spending sprees, exclusive New York City luxury apartments, fancy cars, pricey clothing.
Is It Any Good?
This drama's cautionary portrait of unchecked ego is pretty much what viewers expect, but what might take them by surprise is the cockeyed yet rather enviable romance at its center. The broad strokes of former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann's rise and fall are well-known to any news consumer, or, frankly, anyone familiar with big-business rise-and-fall tales: Risk-taker defies all odds to become fabulously successful, cuts corners, becomes steadily more corrupt, and is then brought down by a combination of their own hubris and the fury of those they betrayed along the way. And yet the finger-wagging headlines that chronicled Neumann's financial wins and losses concentrated almost exclusively on the now-ousted CEO's own misdeeds and eccentricities, without capturing one aspect of the story that WeCrashed brings front-and-center: WeWork wasn't built on the ambitions of Neumann alone; it was a folie à deux with his complicated wife, Rebekah.
In Anne Hathaway's hands, the woman behind (next to?) the man emerges as fully formed, kooky, exasperating, yet also the type of muse who spurs daredevils on to more and better. We first meet her as the Neumann fortunes are spiraling down and the couple marches hand-in-hand to a disastrous board meeting wearing matching huge sunglasses and imperious facial expressions. The story then spools back to show us how Adam and Rebekah met, she a fledgling yoga teacher from a rich family (she's Gwyneth Paltrow's cousin), he a brash hustler with more moxie than business sense. It doesn't take long before she buys into what Neumann's selling, and shortly thereafter, the pair start encouraging each other's most appalling excesses. "You're a supernova," Rebekah tells her husband, stroking his face as he cries in frustration; she hands over her father's wedding gift of a million dollars for a house to keep WeWork afloat. In choosing to zoom in on Rebekah and Adam's partnership, WeCrashed has received criticism for gliding over the real pain that the couple caused to real people. True, but still, WeCrashed may make viewers wish they had a twin-star partner of their own, and conclude that watching one may be the next best thing.
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