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We got the first review of TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY!!! Will it Rock Your Socks Off?!?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with our first review from the very first test screening of TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY! I've made no secret of my D worship. I've seen them in concert 3 times now and heard their new music performed live at Comic-Con and their recent Katrina Benefit. It's killer and lives up to the promise of that first great debut album. MASTER EXPLODER is one of the best live songs ever performed (not sure if it's in the movie), but the opening song where Jack's praying to Dio and Dio responds... is eye-watering and rib-bustingly funny. I can't wait to see this flick! And, yes... I will have my second set visit report, with the Liam Lynch transcription, completed soon. So, keep yer eyes out for that... In the meantime, here's the first review! Enjoy!

Hey Harry,

Just got back from a screening of Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny in Pasadena. Before the flick, a rep from New Line gave us the requisite "this is a work print, some of the music is temporary, and the color isn't timed" speech. He also said that we were the first audience to be shown the film.

Going in, I had mixed feelings. I love Tenacious D. Think the album is great. I've been able to see them live many times. I've followed them since their Actor's Gang roots. That being said, I knew the movie was directed by Liam Lynch. Up until now, I've pretty much dismissed Lynch's work as amateurish. His videos pretty much suck. I never got Sifl and Oly. There's always been such a cult around his stuff, that I've tried to enjoy it. Sat through his things more than once to try and latch on to the buzz, but never understood the hype.

Until now. This movie fucking rocks.

Reading up a bit on the film, it turns out he wrote the thing with Jack and Kyle. It's a funny script, made funnier by the usual goodness of Jack Black and the excellent starring performance of Kyle Gass. Up to this point, Gass has always been in the background of things. He had bits on Undeclared and a couple of movies, but he's never had the light shown on him like Black has. Gass is great in this. He's a perfect understated compliment to Black's manic explosion of rock.

Any further discussion of the movie is going to include spoilers, so if you want to take in the history of the rock duo with fresh eyes....stop now.


The movie starts in the Black household. A religious household headed by his father, played by Meat Loaf. A young Jack comes in and rocks the dinner table with a vengeance, causing his mother to pray and his dad to chase him into his rock poster filled room. Meat Loaf comes in to sing against the power of rock, and to tear down the young Jack's posters of The Who and AC/DC. But as he slams the door, young Jack asks his poster of Dio for guidance. In a great cameo, the poster comes to life and Dio points Jack towards Hollywood to conquer the streets with his guitar.

It's in Venice, that the duo of Black and Gass first meet. Kyle is rocking the boardwalk (barely) and Jack becomes an instant follower. Becoming Jack's Mr. Miyagi of rock, Gass sets him through tasks in order to learn what it means to be a part of the Kyle Gass Project. His rock boot camp is great. Including a faux concert in front of angry faces drawn on paper plates and beer bottles flying from the audience on strings. As it turns out, Gass needs Black as much as Black needs him. Putting their asses together (literally) they form Tenacious D.

Looking at pictures of guitar gods such as Eric Clapton, Angus Young and Eddie Van Halen, the boys notice that each player is using the same pick. A demented carved devil's head pick. A trip to Guitar Center provides them the history of the pick, as told by an aging rock burnout in a great cameo by Ben Stiller... The rest of the movie becomes a quest for the pick. Through sorority houses, more celeb cameos, mushroom trips, a car chase and a break-in to the rock and roll hall of fame, Black and Gass quest for the pick to become rock gods.


In all, the film is kind of a mix between School of Rock, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and the Blues Brothers. As bad as that may sound on the surface, I mean it in the best way. It's a funny road movie. There are handfuls of new Tenacious D music to tell the story and the boys get up and play more than once during the film. I think between now and the release of the movie, some editing can be done to tighten up some of the lulls, but if you like Tenacious D, this movie is going to make you laugh.

Holding the pick of destiny high,

Mr. Paisley

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  • Oct. 19, 2005, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Fucking awesome

    by team america

    Can't wait to see this.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 2:15 a.m. CST

    PLANT!...and by the way FIRST!

    by howardroark

    I bet you'll see some ads for POD on this site within weeks if not days.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 2:22 a.m. CST

    your not first....

    by Drworm2002

    and this will kinda suck...but I hope it won't

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Marvel Man, Old Scratch, Dio, the side hatch

    by Frisco

    This movie will own you like an engorged Armenian butcher. I have a strict karaoke policy: the only song I will relent to sing is Fuck Her Gently, and I've yet to find a bar that has that song, damn it. This flick can't get here soon enough!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 2:35 a.m. CST

    I'm like a fuckin' one man band!!!

    by spiderinside

    Cannot wait for this movie, new music from the D, and of course, more DIO!!! Now all I want is for you to drop trou, and pinch a cleveland steamer on my chest.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 3:23 a.m. CST

    "kind of a mix between School of Rock, Harold and Kumar Go to Wh

    by Lenny Nero

    Actually, that sounds pretty fucking awesome, at least in my book. Three top-notch comedies, and probably the funniest ones the last couple decades.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Always Naysaying!

    by T-Pot25

    Everything I create! Oh how I love the D, you piece of shit!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Sifl & Olly

    by T-Pot25

    Oh, and S&O are the best shit ever! You forgot I was a NINJA motherfucker!!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Jack Black is a hyperactive, signposting buffoon who sells every

    by jasper Stillwell


  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6:05 a.m. CST

    That is a new level of Plant-ness. That Plant has aphids, and le

    by Sgt. Black

    PLANT; you dumb motherscratcher.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Even I know this is a plant...

    by Zino

    And i didn't get the Doom one. However I will see this anyway, 'cause it's the D...the greatest invention in singing technology since yodelling, dude.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Jesus hanging Christ!!!

    by cyanide christ

    You people are sad. If anything positive is posted on this site, it is a "plant". Then you just shit on everything just to do it. I still don't understand why you even frequent AICN, when you carry such a low level of trust for its opinion. Eat Spleen.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Gimme D!

    by moviemaniac-7

    I'm there. Seems to me about the funniest movie to be released in recent history.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Not a plant, just a D obsessive.

    by performingmonkey

    Normally I'd be the first to call 'Planty McPlant' but I think this guy is just so into TD that anything negative about the movie is gonna go right over his head, in the same way that Whedonites will jerk off to everything he does, even though sometimes it's the equivalent of shooting your load into your own excrement (Serenity. Sorry, I didn't care for it). Jack Black can work well. Jeez, he's been great in everything I've seen him in - High Fidelity, School of Rock, Cable Guy, Shallow Hal, Orange County. And we're probably gonna see a good performance from him in King Kong. Of course, the D is a whole 'nother ball game, and I hope he doesn't play absolutely everything for laughs.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by buster00

    But please, let's refrain from abbreviating "POD." POD is a gay, gay band whereas THE D GONNA BEAT CHA BLOODY, SON.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Hey Jasper...

    by buster00

    Depends which orphanage.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:56 a.m. CST

    D rocks! Sounds funny!

    by The Colonel

    Like this:

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Jack Black is God \m/

    by Lone Fox

    Only less smite-friendly. The old HBO D show was hilarious, this movie will undoubtedly, er... rock. Now I'll pull out all your pubic ha-a-a-a-ir. Motherfucker.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Is this "The Greatest Flick In The World"?

    by Shermdawg

    No, this is just a tribute.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I agree with performing monkey...

    by Uncooked_Meat

    ... I think this guy is just a D enthusiast. Which I completely get. I think this has potential to be a neo-classic. Though comparisons to Harold and Kumar make me nervous.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 8:28 a.m. CST

    You mean they actually made this movie?

    by drjohnnyfever

    Don't get me wrong, I'm excited and I love Tenacious D. I always just figured it was a pipe dream, like the A-Team movie or something. Right on.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    He asked us: "Be you angels?"

    by DerLanghaarige

    Oh, this must be so fucking great!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Kamikaze_Jones

    Please, like Tenacious D needs a plant...

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 10:48 a.m. CST

    I'd prefer a Dio movie

    by barryap

    I'm not the biggest fan of Tenacious D, but this sounds like it could be pretty fun.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Plant or not, this movie is going to rock balls.

    by Chastain-86

    And I think none of you can disagree.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by the_man_from_Rio

    stanky poo...lookin

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Star Wars Episode III will own your ass!

    by jesuschrist

    Lucas has the inspirado to....OWN YOUR ASS!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 11:40 a.m. CST

    It's not a plant, jackasses

    by Messiahman

    I was at the screening in Pasadena last night as well, and the movie just rocks your mother's cock off. One of the most bad-ass screenings I've ever been to, in fact, and the audience completely dug the film. It's typical of these talkbacks that a good review comes along for a movie based on a cult phenomenon, and the usual fuck-tards start screaming plant. This movie will own your asses.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 12:20 p.m. CST

    I hope this movie is as CUMMTASTIC as the DVD!

    by Orionsangels

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for my Sifl & Olly Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD

    by IAmLegolas

    Where the f*ck are they? Last I heard, MTV's sitting on them, but if they aren't going to do anything with them, then give them back to Liam.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 12:28 p.m. CST

    jesuschrist must be a Browncoat

    by Razorback

    Trying to annoy people with Episode 3 references. It is cute, though. But Episode 3 already kicked our arse and took names. No need to keep this little trolling up any longer. Anyway, the D will rock.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 1:23 p.m. CST

    somebody stole my rocket sauce.

    by JoeStokowski

    saw my rocket sauce and took it all.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    "Its KG with the feather, the French tickler, look out baby he&#

    by chickychow

    thats my fav song of theirs ever. well that and maybe when Jack sings "With karate I'll kick your ass, into Tianimin square... Oh yeah motherfucker, I'm gonna kick your fuckin derrier "

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Hopefully the success of this film will lead to at least a serie

    by Declan_Swartz

    Check out their music video:

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 2:24 p.m. CST

    But will it be rated PG-13?

    by Doc_McCoy

    Some of The D's funniest stuff is the crude video segments they play at their live shows, like the one where JB picks up a hooker in his car and statrs getting head from her, only to discover it's actually Kyle in drag. Would love it if some of that shit's in the movie but alas, the studio probably doesn't have the balls.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I just hope LEE is in it.

    by Incrediburgible

    I want to be skinny dippin' in a sea of Lee.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Who cares if it's a plant? I'll pull out all your pubic

    by loodabagel

    and go back to Jesus Ranch, Jesuschrist! I'm sick of all your Revenge of the Sith crap.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:47 p.m. CST

    pull out pubic hair....?!?!?!

    by Nate Champion

    Is there something about AICN that I'm missing? Oh, and fuck Tenacious D and yet another movie made for retards.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by Anton_Sirius

    Fuck Her Gently, Wonderboy and Tribute are all out there on karaoke... your quest has just begun, me lad!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:59 p.m. CST




  • Oct. 20, 2005, 8:23 a.m. CST

    "D'you beleeve in Gawwd?"

    by tango fett

  • Oct. 21, 2005, 4:22 p.m. CST

    total plant

    by matrix69

    and anyone who doesn't realize it is a moron.