Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

2006

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Critics Consensus

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 naïve Midwesterner whose strict Christian parents view his burning passion for heavy metal as a mortal sin. After his dad tears down every poster in his bedroom except for a Ronnie James Dio poster on the back of the door, the former Black Sabbath frontman instructs the aspiring young rocker to seek out his fortune no matter what the cost. Subsequently setting his sights on Hollywood and hellbent to take the world of rock music by storm, JB sneaks out his bedroom window and makes his way to Venice Beach, where he soon meets guitar-strumming slacker KG (Kyle Gass). With a future of rock & roll superstardom now well within their reach, JB and KG harness the power of Satan to form hellfire hard rock duo Tenacious D and set out on a quest to achieve musical immortality by stealing the mythical guitar pick said to instill its owner with unprecedented musical prowess.

Cast

Troy Gentile
as Lil' JB
Paul F. Tompkins
as Open Mic Host
Ned Bellamy
as Security Guard No. 1
Fred Armisen
as Security Guard No. 2
Kirk Ward
as Car Chase Cop/Gang Leader
Amy Poehler
as Truck Stop Waitress
Tim Robbins
as The Stranger
Ben Stiller
as Guitar Store Guy
Lara Everly
as Girl No. 1
John Ennis
as Gang Member No. 1
V.J. Foster
as Gang Member No. 2
Jay Johnston
as Gang Member No. 3
Colin Hanks
as Drunk Frat Dude
Stephanie Erb
as Al's Bar Waitress
Amy Adams
as Gorgeous Woman
Milos Milicevic
as Tattooed Biker
Molly Bryant
as Ecstatic Woman
Michael Rivkin
as Poopy Guy
Neil Hamburger
as Stand Up Comic
Patrick M. Walsh
as Exploding Head Guy
Bevin Kaye
as Fainting Woman
Evie Peck
as KG's Mother
Patrick Walsh
as Exploding Head Guy
Mason Knight
as Young KG
Erik Walker
as Bully No.1
Dean Marchiano
as Bully No. 2
Cynthia Ettinger
as Betty Black
Andrew Caldwell
as Billy Black
Laura Ann Milligan
as Tarot Card Reader
David Pearl
as Concert Goer
David Koechner
as Surplus Store Clerk
Laura Milligan
as Tarot Card Reader
David Krumholtz
as Frat Boy No. 2
Meat Loaf
as Jack's Father
John C. Reilly
as Sasquatch
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Critic Reviews for Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (58)

  • 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…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The Pick of Destiny ain't going to win any awards, and the girls don't get much of a look-in, but it will strike a few power chords with a certain generation that is too old to disco and too young to die.

    November 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • [The Pick of Destiny] tries to make up in enthusiasm what it lacks in creative inspiration.

    November 27, 2006 | Rating: B-

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • I found it mildly amusing. I didn't hate it.

    November 27, 2006
  • Begins with flatulence, ends with flatulence and is one big gaseous emission in between.

    November 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Strictly for the tenaciously devoted.

    November 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

  • Jul 04, 2012
    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.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2012
    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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2011
    Along with Metalocalypse, quintessential stuff to watch for any rocker.
    Edward S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Downright hilarious. The music is great and the storyline, while unbelievable, carries the movie for its entire length.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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