The Other F Word (2011)
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Punk rock dad: an oxymoron? The Other F Word, with charm and wit, explores the bizarre transformation of punk rockers (featuring Pennywise's Jim Lindberg, whose anthem is "F--- Authority") into soccer dads. The L.A. punk scene's leading men - among them Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ron Reyes (Black Flag), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and Fat Mike (NOFX) - open up about their troubled childhoods and how, today, they balance profane rage with being conscientious
Nov 2, 2011 Limited
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There are delicious contrasts between the musicians in full-on punk-rock mode and in full-on dad mode.
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has an especially good line about the all-consuming nature of being a pop: "It's like red matter from Star Trek. It just sucks everything in."
These cute little domestic interludes give The Other F Word a light humor and large awwwww factor that's unavoidable, understandable and entirely un-punk.
For the most part the film is an interesting, and occasionally fascinating, look at getting older and taking on responsibility.
Lindberg's throwaway self-description of himself as getting by during a tour "on Ambien and hair dye'' may be the best line in a movie full of good ones.
Despite a few genuinely poignant moments (try not to be moved as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea talks of righting his parents' wrongs) and a bit of humor, F Word feels shallow and a little stale.
If you ever listened to punk rock from the 80s or 90s and thought how hard it's going to be for these guys to deal with their own kids, this documentary reveals that truth.
The film's subjects may consider themselves non-conformists, but the movie's style -- the use of colorful graphics, fast-forwards, jump cuts and other computer-editing tricks -- is the epitome of mainstream.
As punk rock dads recall their own difficult childhoods, their absent fathers and abusive stepfathers, they assert their determination to "be there" for their own kids.
We do get to see Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers cry, though. That gets some bonus points in my book.
Tired conformists or still staunch rebels, whatever you may think of these punk rockers turned parents, this lively, affecting documentary is a highly worthwhile, often hilarious investigation into the ultimate contradiction.
The most endearing and potentially tearjerking documentary about punks you'll ever see.
...the visual contrasts, like Rancid's Lars Frederickson, he of the tattooed face and leopard-spotted head, pushing a child on a swing, are chuckle inducing.
The other F word is "Father" or "Fatherhood." Now, what were you thinking?
Audience Reviews for The Other F Word
- Lars Fredrikson-Rancid: Sometimes you think about, oh s**t should I have tattooed my forehead?
- Mark Hoppus: Having a baby changed everything.
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