“The Other F Word” Documentary: Punk Rock Icons Make Parenting Hilarious and Heartbreaking
I did a review of the book “Punk Rock Dad” by Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg and now it’s time to check out the documentary “The Other F Word,” based on the book. The best part about this documentary? It brought in some heavy hitters in the punk rock lifestyle and community to participate in the story. They cry, laugh, get angry, and share their darkest secrets. Here’s why you should check it out!
The movie, “The Other F Word” is based on the book by Jim Lindberg but it really gets into a whole slew of different subjects and issues within the punk rock community, bands, and Jim’s life.
The movie includes interviews with the likes of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lars Fredericksen from Rancid, Ron “Chavo” Reyes of Black Flag, Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L., Pro BMXer Rick Thorn, Pro skater Tony Hawk, Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, Fat Mike of NOFX, Matt Freeman of Rancid, Rob Chaos of Total Chaos, Art Alexakis of Everclear, Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs, Tim Mcilrath of Rise Against, Tony Cadena of the Adolescents and so many more. They really brought in the biggest and best from the past and present to give their input on how they are able to balance their lives at home and the lives they are supposed to have as punk rock icons.
The movie starts by explaining the beginning of the punk scene in California and how they were able to finally belong to something. One of my favorite lines in the movie is from Mark Hoppus who says the expectation of him as a father is low he can only go up. Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. also talks about how he accidently went to a parent teacher conference at his child’s school in a “F- the Police” shirt but Lars from Rancid really puts it best. He hopes that it teaches his child to judge people on their merit, not by their looks.
From there the movie goes into the touring life for bands and how they are able, or rather not able to, balance the two. You see from each bands how they were or were not able o balance it and how it affected their home life. This is probably the most interesting part of the movie, seeing Jim visibly struggle with his family and his band mates about whether he should continue touring or stay at home with his family and quit the band.
This movie made me cry also at times with the band members letting you into their personal lives and private moments with their families. Ron Reyes discusses his departure from Black Flag, Duane Peters talks about the death of his son and his own suicide attempt, Tony Cadena talks about his daughter’s stillborn birth, and almost every single guy discusses how they came from a broken home and how it shaped them for the rest of their lives.
I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is into music, in a band, or just enjoys and good movie to see this flick. It makes you laugh, cry, and really think about what life choices you make now, how they can affect you the rest of your life in a good and bad way. The ending breaks your heart but you really see that there is hope for them all.
You can check out the trailer below. Rent or buy it on itunes, the movie isn’t available yet on Netflix, unless you have the DVDs through the mail. I checked at a few different movie rental places and the movie is not available yet there.