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Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny
The fake chronicles of a sort of fake band
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny
Jack Black in "Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny".
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $26,000,000
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May 3rd, 2006: A young and inexperienced chap from the Midwest named JB (Jack Black), living in sunny Venice Beach, California, meets a local slacker named KG (Kyle Gass). They become friends almost instantly and together form their own two-man rock band named Tenacious D. Soon, they become obsessed with attaining the title of the world’s greatest rock band. In order to make their dream a possibility, they must obtain a magical guitar pick that is safely on display in a rock-and-roll museum. The 300-mile long trip is their quest and saga, as they become a devastating musical act that single-handedly changes the course of rock and roll history.

What to Expect: The film will chronicle the rise to fame of real-life rock group Tenacious D, with several notable exaggerations along the way. The same types of exaggerations that have made them a self-proclaimed greatest rock and roll act ever. Basically, it’s pure fiction.

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Back in 1999, Jack Black and Kyle Gass starred in the HBO show “Tenacious D” as the powerful rock duo. For the most part, it was a parody of Rock clichés. The show only lasted a few episodes, but became a cult hit in its short lifespan. In 2001, Tenacious D released their first and only, self-titled album. It featured rock music of massive proportions; a Led Zeppelin type of effort with a healthy amount of the fictitious Spinal Tap mixed in. It had Black and Gass proclaiming to be the most earth-shattering group in the world, with songs that unabashedly claimed to be the greatest songs in the world. It was a funny act, with music that sounded epic, but frequently depended on lyrics full of self-parody or gibberish. The bottom line was that the tunes were actually quite catchy and the quality was not sacrificed in the process. There was actually an attempt to achieve greatness through the outrageousness and somehow it worked.

Now that the group has earned its following, they’ve clearly decided to embellish their legend a little more with a feature film. Liam Lynch, who directed the music video for Tenacious D’s “Tribute” and has worked with the band for quite some time now, was elected to take charge of the film production. Recently, he shot the hilarious Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic, based on Silverman’s stand-up comedy. Lynch comes in with an interesting background in music. He studied at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and was one of five students to learn directly under Paul McCartney. Together with Black and Gass, he sat down and worked on the screenplay for the film. Everyone has taken a very light-hearted attitude with the production. According to Lynch, “It’s going to shake the pillars of hell with its radness.”

Of course the film stars Black and Gass as Tenacious D. For Black, the group and the earlier HBO show represent the turning point in his career. He has gone from the overweight comedy relief roles to lead parts in acclaimed films like The School of Rock and King Kong. In contrast, Gass has maintained a relatively low profile, making regular cameos in comedies and television shows. This is his prime gig. Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’ promises to have several interesting cameos. Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller, both fans of the group, are scheduled to appear. Colin Hanks, Tom Hanks’s son, who starred opposite of Black in Orange County, will make a brief appearance as a drunken frat guy. Renowned rocker Meat Loaf will reportedly play JB’s father in the movie. Additionally, various cast members from “Saturday Night Live,” like Amy Poehler, David Koechner, and Fred Armisen, will attempt to spice the humor up a bit.

Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’ has been about five years in the making now, with the filmmakers going through several versions of the script before deciding on the current one. The comedy will be a fictional account of the fictional, but real band’s origins and evolution. Die-hard fans of Tenacious D will be pleased to know that it will feature new songs from the group, with a coinciding soundtrack release as a strong possibility. It may prove to be the long-awaited follow-up album to D’s only other record. I think that this is going to be a similar effort to The Blues Brothers movie. I’m sure it will lack the same polish, but it will attempt to recreate the same atmosphere: a funny comedy based on a parody band that is actually genuinely good.

In Conclusion: For the most part, Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’ will appeal primarily to fans of the group or to those who welcome Jack Black’s particular brand of outrageous, over-the-top humor. This will be a small-budget comedy with the obvious aspirations to become the greatest film ever made. Some may refer to it as “stoner humor,” but there should be plenty here for any sober music lover to enjoy. The film is likely to get an “R” rating so it shouldn’t shy away from any particularly offensive brand of humor. I think the concept will be too unconventional for mainstream audiences, but those open to it, should find plenty of laughs.

Similar Titles: Blues Brothers, The School of Rock
November 22nd, 2006 (wide)
February 27th, 2007 (DVD)

New Line Cinema

Liam Lynch

Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed, Roonie James Dio, Meat Loaf, Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, Amy Adams, Dave Grohl, Amy Poehler, Colin Hanks, Paul F. Tompkins, Troy Gentile, David Koechner, John C. Reilly

Total: 136 vote(s).

Comedy, Special Interests

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Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.

93 min






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