Ordinary World

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Green Day rocker stars in awkward mid-life dramedy.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Advocates giving up on frivolous things and embracing responsibility and duty toward family. But, in a way, it also seems to advocate giving up on your dreams (though that's not totally certain).

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character learns to be responsible to his family (and, really, he's not so bad to begin with). But he spends much of the movie indulging in reckless, selfish, and irresponsible behavior to get to that place. Though he does face certain consequences.

Violence

Character tries to throw a TV out a hotel window but fails. Character smashes a guitar. Noisy punk rock song.

Sex

A stripper comes to a party; she removes her robe to reveal skimpy underwear. A "hummer" is mentioned. A woman tries to kiss a married man, but he resists. A married couple shares a casual morning kiss.

Language

Several uses of "s--t" and "p---y." Also "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "hell," and "oh my God" and "Jesus Christ" (as exclamations). Middle-finger gesture.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A supporting character's hangovers are the source of jokes; there's a subtle indication that he drinks too much. Social drinking of beer and whiskey during a party. A character speaks poetically about a bottle of fine, expensive whiskey.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ordinary World (which has also gone by the title Geezer) is a dramedy starring Billie Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day. It follows an aging rocker who has to learn to be responsible. Occasional strong language includes "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," and more. Characters drink -- ranging from a connoisseur's appreciation of fine whiskey to a hungover man who had too much. A stripper at a party wears skimpy underwear; a "hummer" is referenced. A woman tries to kiss a married man, but he resists. There's some brief destruction at a rock 'n' roll party. Overall, it seems unlikely that the movie will appeal to teens, unless they happen to like Green Day; it's more for the band's older, Gen-X fans, and even then, it's pretty thin.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySohan D. April 19, 2017

Billie's best movie

It's really a great movie....As a Billie Joe Armstrong fan I will recommend you to watch this movie
Teen, 13 years old Written byKaiden Wii April 9, 2017

An Un-Ordinary Movie

I honestly am disappointed with this movie, it simply isn't that good. While the movie had funny, interesting and powerful moments, it feels more like an u... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBrandon_O'Quinn16 January 28, 2018

Great movie

As a huge fan of Green Day, I loved this movie! Billie nailed it with his portrayal of a mid life crisis experiencing dad, despite the fact that he never ages l... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ORDINARY WORLD, musician Perry (Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day) is just turning 40. His rock 'n' roll dreams are far behind him, but he's not very good at adulthood, either. He forgets to put out the trash and botches simple errands, like bringing a new guitar to his daughter's school talent show. Worse, his wife (Selma Blair) seems to have forgotten his birthday. Working with his brother (Chris Messina) in their father's hardware store, Perry is given the day off to blow off steam. He winds up getting a room at the Drake Hotel, where a party gets out of hand. He meets an old flame (Judy Greer), who now works for Joan Jett, and his old band shows up. But Perry has to figure out his life before his daughter gets on stage.

Is it any good?

Armstrong trades in his day job with Green Day for a lead role in this slightly charming but thin and overly awkward dramedy about a musician's mid-life freak-out. As good as he may be on records, on stage, or in music videos, Armstrong doesn't have the acting chops to carry a lead role, even one as slight as this, although he does have a certain shabby appeal.

But Ordinary World simply plows through the center of the story without caring about the margins; it has no life. Perry is so thinly written that it's hard to watch -- and believe -- as he blithely sabotages his own life. The other actors are clearly out of balance, especially since their characters have all been written directly in relation to Perry; they exist only to react to him. Only Blair transcends the material in a funny, loving moment at the movie's end. Otherwise, writer/director Lee Kirk presents this as a comedy that isn't funny, stopping for poignant moments that largely aren't.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how drinking is depicted in Ordinary World. How is the hotel manager's appreciation of fine whiskey different from the "hungover" character? What message does each send?

  • What does the main character eventually learn? Is he a good father? Why do you think he doesn't he seem interested in pursuing his music career anymore?

  • What does the movie have to say about the music business? How does view see fame vs. creative expression?

  • What is a "mid-life crisis"? Why does Perry feel that throwing a party will be a good thing? What does it accomplish?

  • Does this movie show you Armstrong in a new light? Do you appreciate him more or less than before?

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