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The Other F Word - Movie Review - 2011

Punk Rockers Grow Up to Be Dads!

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The Other F Word - Movie Review - 2011

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Oscilloscope Pictures
The other F word is "Father" or "Fatherhood."

Now, what were you thinking?

Filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund's high energy documentary is chronicles the changes that professional -- famous, even -- punk rock musicians go through when that F word makes its way into their lives. Still sporting spiky hair, body studs and zippy rocker attire, they are now pushing prams to the playground -- when they're not playing local clubs or going on the road to support their families by practicing their chosen profession -- which often entails acting like the bad boy adolescents their followers expect them to be.

Backed by the likes of Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Rise Against's Tim McIlrath and other noted punk rock musicians, the film's front man is Jim Lindberg, the 20-year veteran of Pennywise, the band whose anthem spins on the other other F word -- "Fuck Authority." Of course, that is no longer his personal perspective at home, but he manages to convince fans to the contrary.

These guys adore their kids and love their gigs. Sometimes juggling their punk and pop roles can get a bit awkward, even a bit challenging, but they seem able to keep all their balls in the air. They can shout on stage and speak softly at home.

This film is fun and spirited. It's a sort of coming of age film, offers an entertaining and unusual view how punk musicians who completely shunned responsibility during their twenties have come, at age 40, to embrace it. They've become maturely introspective, acknowledging that their absentee fathers left them longing for effective parenting, and declaring that they will not do that, in turn, to their kids. They're interesting and unexpected role models. Well done, all around.

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Film Details:

  • Title: The Other F Word
  • Director: Andrea Blaugrund
  • Premiere: November 2, 2011 (limited NY, with LA on November 4)
  • Running Time: 98 mins.
  • Parental Guidance: Advisory for Parental Guidance for content, language.
  • Location: USA in various cities
  • Language: English
  • Production Country: USA
  • Production Companies: Rare Bird Films, Warrior Poets
  • Distribution Company: Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Trailer

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