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Tenacious D:
The Pick of Destiny
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Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller, Colin Hanks, Amy Poehler, Meat Loaf
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: New Line Cinema
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them to be a rock and roll God, umm, never mind.  Leave them at home.
Date Movie: Only if she understands the magic of Tenacious D, and can help you sneak in beer.
Gratuitous Sex: Cock Push-Ups save the day.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Here and there.
Memorable Scene: Dave Grohl looked fantastic as Satan.
Memorable Quote: Reminding me, sort of, of Tom Cruise in "Magnolia", but different, "Use the cock."
Directed By: Liam Lynch
Produced By: Stuart Cornfeld

Tenacious D:
The Pick of Destiny

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:33 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
While I was watching "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny," I was sort of missing my college days. You see, back then we would go and see movies at the campus auditorium. Sure, it would take months for movies to get to our "gigaplex" that only had one screen, but you could fill your briefcase or backpack full of beer, bringing it in by pretending you were just getting back from the computer lab (fine, no one really checked), and you and your friends could have some cold brews during the flick, which many times made the movie better. The tricky parts were timing your cough with the opening of your beer to disguise your liquid refreshment (still, somehow the opening of the beer can always preceded the cough), or putting your empties back far enough under your seat so that your buddy who had to get up and take a piss wouldnít kick them down the isle (it happened a lot). I think I was missing my college days because with a couple of beers "The Pick of Destiny" had a chance to be a better movie, but sadly I was at home for Thanksgiving, Iím not sure how sneaking beer into my local gigaplex would have gone over, and Iím sure my parents would have questioned the beer on my breath getting back from the matinee. Enough reminiscing, letís get to the movieÖ

"Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny" gives of the story of the formation of the greatest rock and roll band of their time. Jack Black is JB. He grows up in a Christian family where his dad (Meat Loaf, in a great musical role reminiscent of his stint in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") doesnít like his son wanting to be a rock and roll star. Lucky for JB, Ronny James Dio comes to life from the poster on the back of JBís bedroom door and tells our future hero to get himself to Los Angeles. At Venice Beach JB is fascinated by KGís (Kyle Gass) guitar prowess, and they find themselves creating Tenacious D.

Things arenít going that well for our two heroes, that is until they notice that all of the great guitar gods used the same pick, and it is at their guitar store, where the clerk, played by Ben Stiller, reveals that the guitar pick used by the guitar gods wasnít an ordinary pick, but was actually formed from the tooth of Satan. And said pick happens to be on display at a local rock museum. So we now get the adventures of JB and KG, plotting to steal "The Pick of Destiny," and in the meantime having struggles with their friendship, JB getting loaded on mushrooms, and KG hitting a sorority party where he realizes the music is nothing without his partner.

It all comes to a climactic conclusion where JB and KG duel against Satan (Dave Grohl) for rock and roll supremacy.

Look, Iím a fan of the music of Tenacious D, and liked the HBO pieces I did see, but for whatever reason, the movie just didnít click for me, at least sober. The sorority party lacked the quality nudity I was looking for, the "stoned on mushrooms" scene seemed to drag on forever, and I know the story of Tenacious D has the duo playing against Satan, and them not remembering the song they played that kicked Satanís ass so our heroes sing a tribute to the song, but I wanted more.

Wishing again that I was back in college, Iím thinking "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny" might have been a 4 out of 5 star masterpiece during the "Summer of Beer & Movie Rentals," but leaving the theater I saw the movie at, while visiting my parents over the holidays, I can only give the movie 2 stars out of 5. Quality nudity would have helped.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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