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published 21/01/2017 | gothic_moon
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Pro A lighthearted & easy watch, Billy Joe was quite novel to watch, relatable
Cons Predictable, nothing special
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"Just Another Green Day In An Ordinary World"

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Ordinary World falls within the comedy/drama genres, with, in my opinion, more of a leaning towards the latter. It was written and directed by Lee Kirk, who has worked on a small handful on things but nothing I recognise. I don’t recall any press or mention of it being released, so it’s seems to be one that has very much gone ‘under the radar’, so to speak.

… Premise …

We are introduced to Perry, a former punk/rock guitarist in a band until they split and went their own ways. Perry settled down, with a wife, Karen, a daughter following in his guitar footsteps and a new little sprog, but he still hangs on to who he once was; the Converse, the messy hair, the hoodies and the casual attitude. As he approaches his 40th birthday, sure Karen has forgotten it, he starts to feel an aching for the life he once had. He’s not so keen on this grown up, real world malarky.

His brother takes pity on him, thinking perhaps he just needs to let loose for a while and get it out of his system. He gives Perry money to have a huge party and celebrate. But Perry blows it pretty quickly on a posh room at a NY hotel. The problem is, the friends, the social circle, the life he once had isn’t what it was. Will he ever learn to move on and be happy as he is, or will the calling for the rockstar lifestyle call him back for more?

… // …

It’s not so much of a premise as a journey that Perry takes. There aren’t really any big revelations or questions hanging in their air that draw us in to keep watching. In that sense, it’s fairly predictable and routine, just going through the motions to the ending you can see coming a mile away. That said, it’s an enjoyable enough journey while it lasts, though it lacks some oomph.

I wouldn’t really say this was a comedy per se; I didn’t laugh out loud or find anything overly funny, but it was a lighthearted flick designed to be quite light, even when there are morals lurking beneath the surface.

Some of the music is provided by the band that Perry plays with, with the rest of the soundtrack giving way to something akin to teenage angst, which I actually quite enjoyed.

The cast includes Billy Joe Armstrong (Perry), Selma Blair (Karen), Judy Greer (Christy), John Doman (Walt), Chris Messina (Jake) and Fred Armisen (Gary), among others. Billy Joe certainly carries the load here, taking the stage front and centre throughout. Others blended in to the background mostly, though Blair was enjoyable and believable to watch. There weren’t any stellar, stand-out performances but no-one was hugely off-putting either. I actually thought Armstrong was reasonable enough; not excellent or always that believable, but he was genuine, down to earth and, well, it’s Billy Joe Armstrong (a nod to Green Day here).

While this didn’t offer anything new in terms of the premise or elsewhere, it was easy enough to sit through in its entirety. It had some heartwarming element, but nothing too sickly sweet. It felt fairly genuine in the way that I found to be relatable, and I think that is something that can be appealing. I may not be celebrating my 40th just yet, nor be settled down, but I can relate and appreciate the wanting to go back to a more fun or carefree time, the feeling that you’re missing out on something, the feeling that you’re not who you once were, that friends you had you don’t have any more.

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This gets some mixed reviews, though still manages to come out with a 4 star average on Amazon. It gets a less impressive 5.6 on IMDB.

All in all, this was a lighthearted, easy watch and enjoyable to see Green Day's Billy Joe in action, but unfortunately it was a bit, well, 'ordinary'.

DVD released 2016, running time 75 minutes, rated Certificate 12.
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  • Digbycat published 03/02/2017
    VH x
  • Autumnrose2008 published 31/01/2017
    Great review.
  • mikemelmak published 27/01/2017
    Perhaps one for Green Day fans.
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DVD Region: DVD

Classification: 12 years and over

Production Year: 2016

Video Category: Feature Film

EAN: 5053083090562

Actor(s): Billie Joe Armstrong, Selma Blair, Judy Greer, Madisyn Shipman, Dallas Roberts

Director(s): Lee Kirk

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