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Two young musicians notice that every cover photo in their collection of Rolling Stone magazines show all the great rockers using the same peculiar guitar pick. They race to The Guitar Center to buy one. The story manager tells them the history of The Pick of Destiny and informs them, that the pick now resides in the Rock and Roll History Museum.
Comedy Musical Adventure - This film adventure for Jack Black's satirical rock duo is one for
his die-hard fans and the band's cult following. This is one of
those silly, drug-filled comedies aimed at a young adult/college age
male audience. There are also a number of straight musical moments
with songs used as dialogue.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 18 S-words, 8 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Nonsexual nudity; verbal sexual references and jokes. VIOLENCE: Comic hits and falls. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, mushrooms. ACTION: A car chase. COMEDY: Drug humor; crude sexual humor and body function humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average This is one of those musicals that provides moderate entertainment when the actors are singing or playing guitar, but devolves into a spiral of tediousness during the increasingly lengthy gaps between numbers. The comedy is juvenile and often unfunny. There are some laugh-aloud moments, but not nearly enough. In the end, you have to possess a sweet spot for Black and his antics to find Tenacious D more than barely watchable.
Roger EbertFull Review Good The story meanders a bit while the boys are on the road -- Kyle ends up at a frat party and JB eats some wild mushrooms on the side of the road, which sends him on a little side trip -- but it's never devoid of laughs. Heavy-metal stereotypes abound, from the long hair and tattoos to the notion that Satan dwells in the souls of every hair-metal guitar god. The bottom line: Jack Black rocks -- especially when he rocks.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The movie is spotty. The short films, essentially comic sketches, were more consistently funny. The movie lags on occasion, but it also has quite a few laughs. A climactic parking lot face-off between the two would-be rockers and a towering Satan is a hoot. Gass seems even more low-key than on the TV segments, and he's a bit dull, particularly when paired with the energetic and winning Black.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 99 moviegoers: GREAT OPINIONS! All ages, both male and female really enjoyed "Tenacious D." Males especially enjoyed it, but the ladies weren't too far behind. Only a few of the ten males and females rated it as low as "Good" (which translates to average). If this looks like a movie you might enjoy, chances are very high that you will enjoy it very much.
The movie begins with 10-year old Lil' JB (Troy Gentile) serenading his ultra-conservative, very religious family with a rocking rendition of "Kickapoo," a song written expressly for the movie with lyrics that would make a sailor blush. When his father (Meat Loaf), who believes rock 'n roll is the devil's work, unleashes his belt and shows him no mercy, tearing down all of his beloved rock posters, JB implores Dio (Ronnie James
Dio), one of his rock Gods, for guidance. Dio reassures him that he is on the right path but he must leave his stifling home environment and go to Hollywood to "find the secrets of his art."
Slipping out of the house, Lil' JB spends the next several years on the road stopping at numerous towns called Hollywood. JB (Jack Black) finally arrives in rock 'n roll Mecca - Hollywood, California.
Strolling along the Venice boardwalk, he is enthralled by the music of KG (Kyle
Gass) a troubadour playing Bach's "Bourrees in E Minor" on a classical guitar. Although his naïve suggestion that they form a band together is rebuffed, JB joins in on KG's melody, singing along over his playing. To JB they are
jam-ming; to KG, the neophyte is ruining his gig, driving away his crowd.
When Lee (JR Reed), a geeky Pizza Delivery man mistakenly thinks they are an act, KG storms off - disgusted.
Walking home later that night, KG witnesses JB being beaten unconscious by a gang of A Clockwork Orange wannabe's. Coming to his rescue - after there is no longer any danger to himself - KG helps the young musician up and takes him back to his pad.
Eager to learn and hoping to be included in KG's band, "The Kyle Gass Project," JB undergoes a series of tests devised by the more experienced KG. Until one day the truth about KG, his bogus band, album and hit song "I Love You Pumpkin" is revealed. After the dust settles, a friendship has been formed and a band is born. KG's funds having been cut off by his parents, the rent due and no dough in sight, the two are in truly desperate straits. Their only hope is to win Open Mic Night at Al's Bar.
When their first performance is met with less than a stellar response, they determine that to win the contest they need to write a masterpiece. They soon realize this is much harder than they ever imagined.
Then Fate intervenes: they notice that every cover photo in their collection of Rolling Stone magazines show all the great rockers using the same peculiar guitar pick. Racing to The Guitar Center to buy one, the store manager has an acute reaction when they show him the covers.
Leading them to a private room, the ex-guitar tech turned rock historian relates a strange tale involving a wizard, black magic, a blacksmith, a fair maiden and a great demon with a chipped tooth. He tells them the history of The Pick of Destiny - the darkest secret in the history of rock. Going all the way back to the Dark Ages, the Pick has passed through many hands, from Mozart to the British Invasion - punk, new wave, metal. In the United States, it spawned the blues and rock n' roll. The Pick, he informs them, now resides in the Rock and Roll History Museum - an impenetrable fortress.