The Other F Word
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Punk rock dad: an oxymoron? The Other F Word, with charm and wit, explores the bizarre transformation of punk rockers (featuring Pennywise's Jim Lindberg, whose anthem is "F--- Authority") into soccer dads. The L.A. punk scene's leading men - among them Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ron Reyes (Black Flag), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and Fat Mike (NOFX) - open up about their troubled childhoods and how, today, they balance profane rage with being conscientious parents.-- (C) Oscilloscope

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"There are delicious contrasts between the musicians in full-on punk-rock mode and in full-on dad mode."
‑ Joe Heim, Washington Post
"For the most part the film is an interesting, and occasionally fascinating, look at getting older and taking on responsibility."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"If you ever listened to punk rock from the 80s or 90s and thought how hard it's going to be for these guys to deal with their own kids, this documentary reveals that truth."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"People grow up sometimes, more or less - even punk rockers."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"This charming, amusing documentary has its sad side too..."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"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.""
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"The film's subjects may consider themselves non-conformists, but the movie's style -- the use of colorful graphics, fast-forwards, jump cuts and other computer-editing tricks -- is the epitome of mainstream."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"We do get to see Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers cry, though. That gets some bonus points in my book."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Tired conformists or still staunch rebels, whatever you may think of these punk rockers turned parents, this lively, affecting documentary is a highly worthwhile, often hilarious investigation into the ultimate contradiction."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"As punk rock dads recall their own difficult childhoods, their absent fathers and abusive stepfathers, they assert their determination to "be there" for their own kids."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Not just a fluffy portrait of dudes with tattoos and their cute kids"
‑ Matt Singer,
"The most endearing and potentially tearjerking documentary about punks you'll ever see."
‑ Christopher Campbell,
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