'Ordinary World' - Film Review
Former punk Perry is struggling with a selection of very un-rock ’n’ roll responsibilities. He can never make it to his job at the hardware shop he owns on time, let alone remember any useful info about the products. He regularly fails to perform simple tasks like putting the bins out, and his wife Karen (Selma Blair) thinks he’s more than a bit of a f**k-up.
But things weren’t always like this. Years ago, he was in a successful punk band. Now the only time he plays music is when he’s teaching his daughter to play guitar or picking up his instrument when he should be doing chores.
Even though Green Day are still wildly successful, the role doesn’t seem like much of a stretch for their singer Billie Joe Armstrong. He could easily be Perry if things had gone another way, and he pulls off his first lead role in a film brilliantly, with a petulance and attitude that embodies someone living out a suspended adolescence. It’s a must-see for Green Day fans (it features two original songs by Armstrong), or anyone who’s longed for a break from the responsibilities of adulthood. Warm, funny and relatable, even if you’re not approaching middle age.