Tenacious D: Pick of Destiny

Common Sense Media says

Jack Black rock parody is goofy fun and explicit.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Not applicable

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


Gleefully explicit, employing every four-letter word.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written byshadow_slayer15 May 10, 2009


I listened to this when I got it from my brother's MP3 player and loved it. I'm covering the whole CD on guitar, but the language blew my mind! There's not even a 30 second period where they don't curse on this CD.
Teen, 14 years old Written byanarchy4idiots March 9, 2009

"Master Exploder", Literally

Everyone needs to know that this album is AMAZING, but also in some cases highly offensive. With references from cutting of a dragon;s "c--kles", to talking about gargling mayonaisse, and by the way, they don't mean mayonaisse. Didn't like the movie, but the music was awesome.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymoby the bowler April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Pretty good

Good album. Jack Black is awesome. Movie kicks major as*


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