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Other F Word, The (DVD Review)

2 Feb, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Box Office $0.05 million
$29.99 DVD
Not rated.

Being punk means having no rules, being beholden to no authority and doing what you want. So what happens when a punk rock idol wants to be a father?

The Other F Word explores being a punk rock dad through the experience of Jim Lindberg, one of the founders and frontman of Pennywise and father of three girls, as well as through many other dads from the punk scene such as Ron Reyes (Black Flack), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Jack Grisham (TSOL), Fat Mike (NOFX) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against).

Seeing the dichotomy of these dads — some of who are beer guzzling, face-tattooed guys with wild haircuts who drop ‘F’ bombs in every other sentence — singing songs such as “F*** Authority” on tour and then being the authority at home to their kids is both funny and sweet to see, as they hold their kids, scold them and play softer versions of their music with them.

Though the film is fun, it doesn’t avoid delving into serious topics. Most touching are painfully raw interviews with Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Art Alexakis (Everclear), who talk about their own dads, and Tony Adolescent (The Adolescents) and Duane Peters (U.S. Bombs) talking about losing a child.

Adding to the doc is the unexpected drama toward the end of Lindberg parting ways with his band to be at home with kids more.

The Other F Word is a great piece of So. Cal punk music history, an interesting peek at the life of a touring punk rocker, and an earnest, impassioned look at being a dad.

Among the extras is a post-screening Q&A at the SXSW Film Festival Premiere, which is a great continuation of the interviews featured in the film.

The commentary with Lindberg, Alexakis, director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and producer Cristan Reilly is part insightful behind-the-scenes stories and part conversation between friends talking about life as a rocker and as a parent.

Other extras include a few funny outtakes; featurettes with Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and Dr. Drew Pinksy, neither of which have to do with the film’s subject matter but are entertaining nevertheless; acoustic performances of “Father of Mine” by Alexakis and “Swing Life Away” by McIlrath; and two music videos by Lindberg’s current band The Black Pacific. Though these extras are great, mainly for fans of these artists, I would have liked to see some of the more pertinent and in-depth interviews that were left on the cutting room floor, as referenced by Lindberg and Nevins during the commentary.

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