Punk rock is notorious for outrageous looks, loud music and a nihilistic attitude. What happens when these musicians get older and take on some responsibilities, especially fatherhood. That is ‘The Other F Word.’
Former Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg, Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, Black Flag’s Ron Reyes, Everclear’s Art Alexakis, Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen, Tony Hawk, Rise Against’s Tim Mcllrath, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Fat Mike from NOFX and many more chime in with their perspectives. They talk about how their lives have changed since becoming parents and how their priorities have shifted. Sometimes that makes it difficult to have music as a career and finding the balance isn’t for the faint of heart.
How do they reconcile the passion of their youth with the need to provide for the ones they love now? How did their often difficult upbringings affect the way they raise their own children? Can they still rock?
There isn’t much to criticize or comment on with this. If you’re fascinated by the subject matter and a fan of the bands, it’s an interesting look behind the scenes. Without any glaring flaws or world-class innovation, documentaries tend to be difficult for this examiner to review. The finished product is just what it claims to be.
Lindberg has a bit of a monopoly on the camera for much of the film which is fitting because his book ‘Punk Rock Dad’ seems to have bridged the gap to make this documentary possible. He is brutally honest about his struggle to find balance in his life. It’s a little sad to see him front Pennywise and to not really seem able to muster the same enthusiasm as his bandmates. The end of his twenty year time in the band was clearly written on the walls.
Most of these musicians go into the roles that homesickness and aging play in their careers. The economic realities of the music industry means that they have to tour and constantly be on the road. Few of them have a lot of other marketable skills and the ability to easily transition into other fields.
Each dad has a slightly different parenting style with many of them being a bit more permissive and open-minded than the strict hard-asses that many of them came from if they had anyone in their lives. That is to be expected, yet some of them come across as more traditional in their approach than others.
Art Alexakis has been very forward about being abandoned by his father through his hit song “Father of Mine” but he elaborates further on that here. By far, the most affecting story is the U.S. Bombs’ Duane Peters’. See it for yourself.
Special features include: commentary, outtakes and acoustic performances, music videos from Lindberg’s new band The Black Pacific, a post-screening Q&A, and a trailer.
Again, this is for fans of punk rock and those who are interested in their paternal perspective. ‘The Other F Word’ gives a little insight about the music scene of the 80’s, 90’s and even 2000’s, but it mostly sticks to the subject at hand.
Not Rated 99 minutes 2012