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Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny



Yup, it's Jack Black -- with an "R" ... really.
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  • Review Date: February 26, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Slacker behavior is glorified. A character raised in a conservative home gets into drugs, sex, and rock-n-roll. Characters break into a museum to steal a music icon. Musical showdown with the devil. Plenty of crude humor. All in all, the movie is aimed at an adult Beavis and Butt-head crowd -- if there's any message, it's to be true to yourself and not let people stand in your way.


Characters have a run-in with a gang, a character gets martial arts training, wild car chase.


Graphic depiction of the skill that doing gential push-ups develops. Sexual references throughout, including lyrics such as "gargling mayonnaise" (they're not really talking about mayonnaise).


"C--k" (constantly), "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc. Frequent and explicit.


Guitars, beer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Pot, bongs, mushrooms, and other drugs throughout. There's a hallucinagenic sequence after eating organic mushrooms.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite star Jack Black's huge popularity with kids, this raucous, profane comedy is for very mature teens and adults only (as those familiar with Black's cult band, Tenacious D, will already know). It absolutely earns its R rating for pervasive language, sexual content, and drug use. There are pot, bongs, and mushrooms; the characters show a particular fondness for the word "c--k"; crude humor centers on flatulence and other bodily functions; and the ample sexual content includes a graphic depiction of the skill that doing "c--k push-ups" develops.

What's the story?

JB (Jack Black), a young hayseed from the Midwest who shocks his conservative parents with his rock music. Banished to his room, JB gets a sign telling him to go to California to become a rock god. In Venice Beach, he meets slacker and guitar virtuoso KG (Kyle Gass). The two become friends, get stoned together, and decide they need to become "the world's greatest rock band." No easy feat, especially when the rent's due. So they plot to steal what might be the answer to their prayers -- a magical guitar pick that's on display in a rock museum 300 miles away. Road trip! On their journey, the friends encounter magical worlds, strange creatures, and even the devil himself. Will they become the band that single-handedly changes the course of rock 'n' roll history? One thing's for sure. These two righteous dudes have a lot of gross, raucous "fun" trying.

Is it any good?


TENACIOUS D: THE PICK OF DESTINY is like School of Rock on steroids. It's no-holds-barred raunchy and crude. Black and Gass may be pretty good musicians (in fact, the musical sequences are the best part of the movie), but their brand of humor demands that you leave any sense of tact or dignity at the theater door.

Die-hard fans of Black's band will be happy to know the movie features new songs, along with some mind-bending cameos by the likes of Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller, and Colin Hanks. Really, it's too bad Black and Gass didn't ditch the buddy-movie-road-trip theme and just go with a straight rock opera from start to finish -- if they had, this movie would have rocked even more. If you must watch this on DVD, wait until the kids go to bed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this side of Jack Black, which many kids (and adults) may not have known existed. Which "version" of the star do you think is more like his actual personality -- the hyper-yet-good-hearted guy he plays in movies like School of Rock and Nacho Libre, or the foul-mouthed, genitals-obsessed "hero" of this film? Do you think the studio made it clear how mature the content of this movie was? Why would they try to hide that fact? Families can also discuss all of the bad behavior on display in the movie (drugs, drinking, breaking and entering, stealing, etc.). Why is it funny to see this stuff in a movie when it's dangerous in real life?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 21, 2006
DVD release date:February 27, 2007
Cast:Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Tim Robbins
Director:Liam Lynch
Studio:New Line
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byEdco2010 January 1, 2011


Good movie, 116 F word and other swears. Smoking and JB has to learn how to do "push-ups" in one scene.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 0 years old July 4, 2010

no, R is for 17 and over!

i don't like R rated movies, please don't make R rated MOVIES for 16 or any younger, it's bothering me thinking RATED R is for ages 11 (amadeus), 12 (child's play), 13, 14, 15 or 16+ movie. rated R is fine for 17 or 18+.
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag July 5, 2012

Crude, profane and druggy comedy has good music, average script

"Tenacious D in 'The Pick of Destiny' " is a music comedy starring rock band Tenacious D. Unlike in his other movies, Jack Black here plays himself (in an overall VERY fictional story) as the lead singer of his band, which is also known for crude and sexual lyrics. So the viewers who are not familiar with Tenacious D, but only with Jack Black as an actor will be surprised of this side of him. If you like Tenacious D's songs, you will have your fun with this movie, too. The songs are great, featuring three outstanding songs, "Kickapoo" (featuring performances by Meat Loaf and DIO), "Master Exploder" and "Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)". Also, the short song "Classico" is really funny. Cineastically, the movie is not something special. It features over-the-top crude humour and the plot is rather average. But there are some really funny jokes, too (especially the reference to "Tribute" at the end of the movie that only fans of Tenacious D will get). Anyway, it is an entertaining movie with some great songs, and can be quite a lot of fun. But if you are interested in the music, rather get the album than the movie - you won't miss that much. Like mentioned above, Tenacious D are known for their crude lyrics. The songs have quite a couple of f-words and sex references. Even the song "Classico", which lasts for 58 seconds only has 11 f-words in its lyrics, and one "s**k my c**k". There is not much on-screen sex/nudity going on: in one scene Jack Black uses his penis to deactivate lasers, we see a really graphic bulge in his pants. While there is no nudity, it looks detailed (Hard PG-13 to R). While performing "Master Exploder" Kyle Gass has a guitar that looks like a woman's spreaded legs and Kyle starts licking on it, a girl in the audience suddenly puts her hand near her crotch, implyingly having an orgasm (PG-13). Overall, the sexual references in the songs are pretty graphic. The movie has some scenes of drug use - mostly cannabis. Know your child about the drugs, i can't tell you if your kid is endangered to do drugs. In one scene, Jack Black eats mushrooms and hallucinates (he is unknowing of that they cause hallucinations). There is little violence, nothing too strong. Jack Black dreams of having a gig ("Master Exploder") in which his voice causes several slapstick-like accidents, such as a microphone exploding. In one scene, his voice literally blows someone's mind: we see the top of his head exploding, and a gooey substance splashes onto a girl in the background (PG to PG-13, it looks too comical and fake to disturb or shock viewers). In a parody of "A Clockwork Orange", Jack Black is beaten up by the Droogs (PG-13, it looks worse than it actually is due to the music that is played during this scene). There are some verbal references to graphic violence. Overall, since this is a comedy and mature teenagers can make a difference between movies and real-life, it is okay for viewers around 14.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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