Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Movie review by
Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Yup, it's Jack Black -- with an "R" ... really.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 38 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydarthsitkur July 10, 2016

the only musical I like besides repo

Back when this came out, I wasn't allowed to see it at the time but it was worth the wait, this is an all around fun movie that had me laughing all the way... Continue reading
Adult Written byfullmetaljacko January 6, 2016

Legitimately 18 and over

I am ten and as much as I love this film I realise that it is soooo inappropriate. Phrases like suck my juicy c.ck and f..k yaself outta a bad situation! Are us... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMovieMeiser June 1, 2021


Awesome fucking film. But seriously VERY VULGAR. The movie is rated R for "pervasive language, sexual content and drug use". It is NOT for kids at AL... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDanielsace932 June 18, 2021

Great movie and music

This is a great movie with some inappropriate jokes and such but the music is great and it is a hilarious movie

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • In theaters: November 21, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: February 27, 2007
  • Cast: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Tim Robbins
  • Director: Liam Lynch
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 93 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.
  • Last updated: March 14, 2020

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