The Other F Word consists of interviews with current and former American punk rock band members (plus Tony Hawk) who are now raising little kids and/or teenagers. The most time is given to Jim Lindberg, lead singer of Pennywise, who wants to be a family man while his international tour stretches from days to weeks to months. Lots of band members, from Black Flag to Rise Against, Everclear and Blind-182, discuss the challenges and joys that come when fatherhood meets punk.
Instead of just cute family families, this documentary explores the background and changes in the punk world. There's a brief history (and appeal) of the punk scene in L.A. in the 1970s. We learn about the financial challenges as music shifts from cds and stores to online dowloads and free music on websites. In addition to the joy of anarchy many band people love, there's the acknowledgment of the dangers and high mortality of the lifestyle. And plenty recognize and struggle with avoiding being absent parents like their dads -- while going on long, grueling tours to provide for their family.
Overall grade: A-
Reviewed by James Lynch