Tenacious D: Pick of Destiny

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Jack Black rock parody is goofy fun and explicit.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A mixed bag, including sexist language as well as some very good, strong messages about friendship.

Violence
Sex

Explicit references to certain body parts and activities ("suck c--k," for example).

Language

Gleefully explicit, employing every four-letter word.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking and getting high. (Benjamin Franklin is portrayed as a pot-head in "The Governement Totally Sucks.")

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a brilliantly executed parody that's also filled with four-letter words and sexual references. Though an edited version is available, it's pretty pointless -- a lot of the effect lies in Jack Black and Kyle Gass's gleeful lack of concern for appropriateness and convention. Parental mileage will vary, but those uncomfortable with language that pushes the envelope will want to avoid this one.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byorangepeel80 April 9, 2008

its da best in da west

i love tenacious d there so funny i wet my pants if u eva have a chane to buy there albumbs buy them u wont regret it
Teen, 13 years old Written bySEAN THE PRAWN November 13, 2012

what the feck

this band is fecking awesome. they swear alot but its nothing compared to what your child hears and says in school
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 November 12, 2009

NO KIDS

No kids. End of story.

What's the story?

The thing about Jack Black and the "f word" is how much fun he seems to have saying it -- over and over again. Something about his wholehearted enthusiasm for pushing the explicit-language envelope comes off as funny. The TENACIOUS D: THE PICK OF DESTINY will appeal to those who enjoyed the film: It's a well-produced reminder of the stars' chemistry and their fun with parody. Like Weird Al, Spinal Tap, and the Rutles, Tenacious D makes fun of music that takes itself too seriously with lovingly executed performances.

Is it any good?

Joined by Meat Loaf and Ronnie James Dio, Black, partner-in-crime Kyle Gass, and drummer Dave Grohl tear out of the gate on "Kickapoo," setting the stage for a young rocker's rebellion and ultimate quest for "Rock." The song also sets the stage for a full-tilt obscenity fest that will delight kids who like that sort of thing -- and horrify parents who don't. The saving grace is the artists' goofball sense of humor. Are the lyrics inappropriate for polite company? Yes. Is the premise immature and kind of dumb? Absolutely. But there's something about the delivery -- the comic timing and deadpan performances -- that defuses the raw power of those uncomfortable words.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Black's delight in using "f--k." Why is it so much fun to say words that people agree are inappropriate? What makes Tenacious D's songs funny? What bands and genres are they mocking/paying homage to?

Music details

  • Artist: Tenacious D
  • Release date: November 14, 2006
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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