There are delicious contrasts between the musicians in full-on punk-rock mode and in full-on dad mode.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
For the most part the film is an interesting, and occasionally fascinating, look at getting older and taking on responsibility.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
As wonderful as it is to see the peace and happiness they've brought their dads, the real challenge for these men may come when the sweet tots who now look up to them grow into adolescents looking for authorities of their own to displace.
"The Other F Word" winds up feeling scattershot and unfocused.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's hard to take this film too seriously when it never seeks corroboration from a couple of other obvious interview sources: their wives and kids.
| Original Score: 2/4
What begins as an amusing fluff piece ("Daddy's messed up," mumbles one woozy subject after dropping his gurgling infant) slowly emerges as a compelling and often touching peek at punk paternity.
Flea almost cries. Twice. There's your four-word summation of The Other F Word, a half-poignant, half-absurd documentary on punk-rocker dads.
Nevins's portrait of how a nihilistic movement fostered such nurturing family men resonates beyond its rebels-with-a-cause novelty.