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  • Summary: This revealing and touching film asks what happens when a generation's ultimate anti-authoritarians – punk rockers – become society's ultimate authorities – dads. With a large chorus of punk rock's leading men - Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath - The Other F Word follows Jim Lindberg, a 20-year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his band's anthem ”F--k Authority,” to embracing his ultimately authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood. (Oscilloscope Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 2, 2011
    83
    While the contradiction of punk rock parenthood may not have a solution, The Other F Word successfully has fun with the mystery.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Nov 1, 2011
    80
    Nevins's portrait of how a nihilistic movement fostered such nurturing family men resonates beyond its rebels-with-a-cause novelty.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 1, 2011
    75
    And talk about transcendent parenting moments: When Lindberg's girls pull out their Barbies, the Pennywise singer goes and gets his Devo doll to play with them.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Nov 1, 2011
    70
    The Other F Word is a raucous, eye-opening, sad and unexpectedly wise look at veteran punk rockers as they adapt to the challenges of fatherhood.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Nov 2, 2011
    65
    It's lovely to see these attempts at punk parenting, but there's really not much "punk" to them beyond appearances.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Nov 10, 2011
    63
    Full of slick editing and various zippy technical tricks: split screens, sped-up footage, song lyrics and other text (in wild fonts) superimposed on the screen. Sometimes it's fun. More often it's distracting.
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Oct 31, 2011
    38
    Covered in tattoos and clinging to wisps of their outsider status, the men profiled here seem assured of the novelty of their dilemma, as if they were the first generation to settle into a middle-class existence after a youth spent on the fringes.

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  1. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    If you are a fan of punk rock or simply a fascinating story of human emotion then you should enjoy this documentary. This really uncovers the behind the scenes lives of punk rock dads. It made me appreciate just what it takes to stay out on the road for months and be away from your family. Watching punk rockers tear up over their love for their kids is powerful. Expand

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