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Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 55

Tenacious D fan will find this movie hilarious; everybody else will see only a low-brow concept movie and a small assembly of jokes stretched past the 100 minute mark.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 23

Tenacious D fan will find this movie hilarious; everybody else will see only a low-brow concept movie and a small assembly of jokes stretched past the 100 minute mark.

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In this musical comedy-adventure starring self-proclaimed greatest band in the world Tenacious D, a pair of aspiring rock superstars attempt to convince the world of their true talents as they embark on a daring quest to acquire the supernaturally powered guitar pick that will finally allow them to fully realize their vast rock & roll potential. JB (Jack Black) is a nave Midwesterner whose strict Christian parents view his burning passion for heavy metal as a mortal sin. After his dad tears

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Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Feb 27, 2007

$8.2M

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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (55) | DVD (16)

Clearly intended to be viewed through a haze of marijuana smoke, it'd be against the law for us to recommend this film.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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[The Pick of Destiny] tries to make up in enthusiasm what it lacks in creative inspiration.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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I found it mildly amusing. I didn't hate it.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Begins with flatulence, ends with flatulence and is one big gaseous emission in between.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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Strictly for the tenaciously devoted.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Even considering Black's prodigious talents, Pick gets tiresome way too quickly.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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Yup, it's Jack Black -- with an "R" ... really.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Tenacious D" is a movie for fans of the hilarious spoof-rocking duo. You know who you are.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Long may they continue to walk in Ronnie James Dio's short but comforting shadow.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny is diverting and fun and a great treat for fans, but it's as forgettable as Chinese dinner at the nursing home.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Little more than a set of sketches strung along a plotline that is gossamer light.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

May just win over the rockers of old and new...

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

I enjoyed it, though as a casual fan who also dug the Tenacious D album and DVD, I don't know how it'll play for newcomers.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

While the flick has a few funny moments likely to make the general public laugh, at heart it's a Tenacious D tribute layered with asides and inside jokes scripted with the group's diehard fans in mind.

February 25, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Apart from the cameos, the movie limps along from one satiric rock song to another, with only the music to carry it.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (4)
Movie Metropolis

Being a Jack Black fan is mandatory for this zany, energetic and relentless buddy movie, rock opera and crass low-brow comedy which no doubt has more appeal with mood enhancers - a hyperactive dose of Jack Black in a self-indulgent rock fantasy.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (2)
Urban Cinefile

The narrative, not surprisingly, is really just an excuse to string together a series of comic and musical setpieces, some of which work better than others.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The film's as big and flawed as the band itself. But just like any concertgoer wants their favorite band to pull out all the stops, so too will every D fanatic want another hour of this rambling, pumped-up and psyched-out acid trip of a film.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

Tenacious D's big screen outing is extremely patchy but the laughs just about compensate for all the dull, unamusing bits.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

When they weren't performing, I frequently lost the will to live.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comment (1)
3BlackChicks Review

...designed to appeal solely to fans of Jack Black and Kyle Gass...

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... the film is also one of the funniest films of 2006 ...

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny has some low-brow laughs, but ultimately the silliness of the story and Black's frantic antics aren't enough to sustain the 90-minute plus running time.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca | Comments (2)

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny proves one thing: Rock and roll never dies. It just gains weight.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

The duo strains at their comedy the same way they strain at their music.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (2)
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny

Since I am a Tenacious D fan, I would give it high marks. However, I will try to be as unbiased as possible. The film does feature lots of 'laugh out loud' moments, however, most of the jokes are sex related. The use of cameos was a highlight for this film, examples being Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller. Ultimately, the best feature of this film is the soundtrack, songs like 'Master Exploder' and 'Beelzeboss' are superb for any Tenacious D fans.

This film is essential for D fans. Its worth a try for metal music lovers. However, if you don't fit in these catagories, its should be given at least a chance.
July 4, 2012
Samuel Riley
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JB: Now our masterpiece will never happen because we won't be fueled by Satan!

"The greatest motion picture of all time."

As a lover of Tenacious D and Rock period, this movie is heaven. It's filled from start to finish with awesome references and songs. JB and KG are actually good musicians, so everything in the movie, song wise, works perfectly. Their songs are catchy(I should know as I can now say I know every song in this movie by heart, after my latest viewing), and their guitar playing is good. Then there's amazing cameos from Meatloaf as JB's father. From Dio as a poster of JB's room. From Ben Stiller, as a guitar salesman who knows about the Pick of Destiny. From Tim Robbins, as the Stranger. And from Dave Grohl as none other than Satan. And last but not least from John C. Reilly as Sasquatch. *Fun Fact: John C. Reilly also got a credit as Sasquatch Researcher. I shit you not. Then there's a scene that spoofs A Clockwork Orange. The movie has everything.

We see Tenacious D form and then try to find the Pick of Destiny, which will magically turn them into the best band in the world. In between there's a little adventure to find the pick that feels slightly like the one from Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. There's a mushroom trip, there's Sasquatch, there's Satan, there's an open mic contest. The movie is just jam packed from start to finish. It's all a very fun ride.

Now I can see this being an easy movie to hate. Its comedy isn't for everyone and its music won't be either. If you're a Tenacious D fan then you're golden, but otherwise it's probably a coin flip. I'll admit that I've never seen this movie sober. It's one that you smoke some weed with your friends and say "Shit, we haven't watched The D lately." It's a funny and amusingly ridiculous film from the greatest band ever, Tenacious D. Those are their words not mine.
June 26, 2012
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Melvin White

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Two metal obsessed losers move to Hollywood and plan find fame and fortune by stealing a guitar pick fashioned from one of Satan's teeth. Tenacious D in: The Pick Of Destiny is Jack Black doing Jack Black. Again. If you've seen School Of Rock, High Fidelity or hell, anything else he's ever been in you know what you're going to get. And I for one think his one note routine is getting a little old. The Pick Of Destiny does have its moments but it's never more than mildly amusing and this metal inspired stoner material has already been covered by Spinal Tap, both Bill And Ted's movies, Wayne's World and even The Blues Brothers. And they all did it better. Those who never before realised that the word "rock" rhymes with "cock" may find it hilarious but anyone over the age of 15 will be left largely unimpressed.
April 4, 2012
garyX
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First i'll admit i'm a fan of the band Tenacious D and expected the same humour used in their songs. I got that. What more does a fan of one of the most awesomest rock bands ever need than their comedy and rockin tunes extended to the length of a movie? Nothing. The unfaithful however will find it boring and/or disgusting, but you do get Jack Black at his most un restrained. It isn't This is Spinal Tap but it's what it wants to be. A movie created for fans of Tenacious D.
February 18, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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    1. JB: [singing] Wait, wait, wait you motherfucker! We challenge you to a rock-off! Give us one chance to rock your socks off!
    2. Satan: Fuck! Fuck! [singing] Fuuuuck! The demon code prevents me, from declining a rock-off challenge. What are your terms, what's the catch?
    3. JB: [singing] If we win, you must take your sorry ass back to hell! And also you will have to pay our rent!
    4. Satan: [singing] And what if I win?
    5. JB: [singing] The you can take Kage back to hell.
    6. KG: What?
    7. JB: Trust me, Kage, it's the only way.
    8. KG: What are you talking about?
    9. JB: [singing] To be your little bitch!
    – Submitted by Cody H (20 months ago)
    1. JB: Now our masterpiece will never happen because we won't be fueled by Satan!
    – Submitted by Johnny B (21 months ago)
    1. KG: We've been through so much shit.
    2. JB: Deactivated lasers with my dick!
    – Submitted by Joshua P (23 months ago)
    1. KG: There's just no way that we can win, that was a masterpiece.
    2. JB: Listen to me...
    3. KG: He rocks too hard because he's not a mortal man!
    – Submitted by Cody H (24 months ago)
    1. KG: I said that they all use the same guitar pick...
    2. JB: Holy shitballs.
    – Submitted by Michael R (2 years ago)
    1. JB: Can I be a Sasquatch too?
    2. Sasquatch [Uncredited]: You already are. You're my son, JB. My little baby Sass.
    – Submitted by Nathan B (2 years ago)
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