The Other F Word at The Ritz Theater

posted by Richard Gill

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.

Other dads featured in the film include members of Rancid, Black Flag, TSOL, US Bombs, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, skater Tony Hawk, Art Alexakis (Everclear), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Tony Adolescent (The Adolescents), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), and many others.

This incredibly funny and poignant picture may be marketed as a film about “punk rock” dads but it’s really a movie for anyone with kids. The way they make a living may be different than that of most adults but the daily ups and downs of trying to be a good role model are something all parents can relate to. Although it mainly focuses on then Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg and his struggles with being away from his family so much it’s the interviews with everyone else that are the highlights of the film. I suggest keeping the tissues handy when listening to Duane Peters talk about losing his oldest son in a car accident. It makes you look at the man in an entirely new light.

In anticipation of THE OTHER F WORD having its Minneapolis premier this weekend as part of the Sound Unseen film festival I’ve decided to talk to a few of my fellow “punk rock dad” pals and get their opinions on what it’s like to be a touring musician in a scene that’s historically a young person’s genre while at the same time trying to be a responsible parent and good role model for your kids. Those will go up throughout this coming week.

Saturday, October 15
Ritz Theater
7:30 PM | $15

Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 12:44 pm