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Ordinary World becomes raggedly enjoyable thanks to the unexpected charms of its leading man
Unless you're trying to recreate some sort of updated, role-swapped kid show - a sitcom without a sensibility, but a guaranteed group-hug at the end - "Ordinary World" is a pretty extraordinary failure.
The film turns into a predictable midlife-crisis yarn.
The film distinguishes itself by what it lacks: simple, unrealistic answers to Perry's regrets and the hole in his soul.
Like your average three-chord rock song, Ordinary World is easy enough to get into - even if it doesn't get stuck in your head.
Ordinary World is unable to tap into the universal themes of being uneasy growing up and accepting responsibility because its main character is just so aloof in everything that he does.
It's not an unlikable film, but it ain't much.
Ordinary World is charming in spite of its sheer predictability.
May be unique in the cinematic annals of manchildren in that its protagonist goes from overgrown adolescent to midlife crisis without any intervening adulthood.
Aside from a great leading performance by Billie Joe Armstrong, Ordinary World is a bit of a jumbled mess that adds up to a mostly average watch.
Ordinary World - the first starring role for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong - may feature a conventional story, but it counters that with tons of heart and solid performances throughout.
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.
The casting of the Green Day front man was an intriguing idea and while skeptical at first, my fears were squashed within the first 20 minutes. The main issue with the film is the lack of depth and it tries to be too commercial, I think a darker more personal story was the direction to go. I can't fault the actors, they have interesting roles and they give each supporting role something unique. The film is short and at times frustratingly simple in the storyline, I just had no real investment and felt like the film was too glossy. The producers and director obviously hoped this would appeal to mainstream audiences and I did like the film at certain points, the brother relationship should've been explored for one point. The party scene lacked a negative, the dad missing the talent show as a result of the party was more interesting. The lack of risks and storyline cliches just made this feel like a happy but unrewarding experience. There is a better film here and considering the talent involved, it's a little disappointing. This is an easy to watch film with a good relationship based dynamic with the cast, just don't look for the filmmaker to push the genre. 27-06-2017.
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