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"TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY"
(2006) (Jack Black, Kyle Gass) (R)

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QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: Two wannabe rock 'n' rollers try to steal a supernatural guitar pick in hopes that it will make them famous.
PLOT:
Having grown up in a repressive home that didn't understand his rock 'n roll music, young JB took the advice of words from his Dio poster and headed off for Hollywood. When he finally arrives, JB (JACK BLACK) is a young man who's amazed by the sounds coming from a street performer by the name of KG (KYLE GASS). Despite him initially trying to blow off JB, KG eventually takes him in, feeding him lies about his band, the Kyle Gass Project, being a big deal. It's enough to convince local pizza guy Lee (JR REED) to become a sort of groupie, but JB eventually learns that KG isn't any more famous than he is.

Accordingly, the two set out to find out why that is, and that's when they learn from a guitar shop employee (BEN STILLER) that the greatest guitarists of all time had one thing in common -- the pick of destiny. Legend has it that it's actually part of the Devil's tooth, and anyone possessing it -- from blues guitarist Robert Johnson to heavy metal virtuoso Eddie Van Halen -- becomes the best guitar player in the world.

Upon learning that the pick is housed in a rock and roll museum, JB and KG set out to steal it for themselves, but must contend with both a strange man (TIM ROBBINS) who's long been desirous of it, as well as the Devil (DAVE GROHL) himself who wants that part of his tooth back.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the band, Black, or anyone else in the film, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
Considering the behavior of the major characters (cussing, drug use, etc.), it's doubtful many parents would consider them as good role models.
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OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 106 "f" words, while plenty of other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, as is other sexually related material including but not limited to a man's erection seen poking out of his pants but covered in his underwear (in a nonsexual scene), while a woman is aroused while watching a rock performance that contains a male to female oral sex gesture. Shapely woman (live and on a poster) are seen in various stages of revealing attire (and one may flash her bare breasts), while some male bare butt cheeks are also present.

Other behavior may be enticing for some kids to imitate, including drug use (pot and psychedelic mushrooms), while drinking also occurs. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while for those concerned about such matters, satanic/supernatural material is present.

Comedy-based violence includes some thugs beating up a guy, an imagined bit where a man's head explodes (with bloody/gory results) and some people falling or otherwise accidentally causing themselves some pain. There's some brief crude humor, while some brief, comedy-based tense family material is present.

If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • In a cartoon short preceding the main film, we see JB and KG smoking a "fattie" (joint), with the following line (a spoof of the THX sound system), "THC - the audience is baking."
  • As JB is about to leave, KG tells him to "score me a dime bag of weed." He then tells him to go to a pizza place and order the "Bob Marley Extra Crispy," and we then see both men stoned, with a bong between JB's legs.
  • We see what might be a pot leaf symbol on a guitar neck.
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a bar.
  • We see a cartoon image of a wizard of old with a hash pipe.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks in a bar (in JB's dream about performing there).
  • JB eats raw mushrooms in the woods and then has a prolonged, psychedelic, hallucinatory trip, complete with seeing Sasquatch and then being a young such creature himself.
  • We see KG filling a cup at a beer keg, and then there's an imagined bit concerning a small and then large bag of pot. We then see a vision or memory of JB and KG high while some bongs are behind them.
  • A young partygoer throws a cup of beer or something similar and hits KG on the back with it.
  • Two security guards at a museum share a joint. Later, one says he's tripping and is asked, "Are you stoned?"
  • The command, "Bring out the B-O-D" (Bong of Destiny) is made, and we then see JB and KG smoking from the devil's severed horn like it's a bong.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • In a cartoon short preceding the main film (which is doing a spoof of the THX sound system), both JB and KG fart (with yellow clouds of gas), following by the line, "THC - the audience is baking."
  • JB has a little bit of blood on his nose after some thugs beat him up.
  • JB has a dream about he and KG doing a killer rock 'n' roll performance that causes a man's head to explode backwards (shooting blood and goo onto others) as their music "blew his mind" (played for comedy).
  • A waitress has a black eye.
  • We see JB sitting on a toilet (no nudity) and then hear farting and diarrhea sounds (from fear of a strange and seemingly supernatural man). When that character wishes to talk to him, JB says, "Let me wipe."
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • We see young JB acting out in his parents' home, prompting his father (Meat Loaf) to whip him with his belt. Upset at his dad, JB sings the taunting lyric, "He can suck a c*ck."
  • Some viewers might not like the Devil and supernatural related material and imagery found in the film (including cartoon still figures of JB and KG with devil horns and the devil behind them, pentagrams, tarot type cards, the guitar pick being the Devil's chipped-out tooth, and the Devil himself who shows up late in the film, etc.).
  • KG initially tries to brush off JB when they first meet and KG thinks he's God's gift to music. He even flicks his guitar pick into JB's face.
  • KG acts as if he chased off some thugs who were beating up JB (to make JB think he saved him).
  • We see a flashback to young JB's father stating (about JB), "I should have worn a condom."
  • JB learns that KG has been lying about being a successful rock star (and has been wearing a wig to cover up his mostly bald head and thus try to make himself look younger).
  • We see a flashback to KG's childhood where some bullies pick on him.
  • JB lies to a pizza guy (their new friend) about why he and KG need to borrow his car.
  • Trying to score with some young women, KG tells them he's a famous rock 'n' roller, but then suggestively adds, "We're just flesh...and bone" (an erection reference).
  • A young partygoer throws a cup of beer or something similar and hits KG on the back with it.
  • JB and then KG break into a rock 'n' roll museum at night to try to steal the (guitar) pick of destiny.
  • A man who wants the pick of destiny brandishes a knife that he says he'll use to cut JB from "hole to hole," but he moves too slowly and JB and KG easily elude him.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Despite being played for comedy, it's possible scenes listed under "Violence" may be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • It's possible the same holds true for the Devil and supernatural related material and imagery found in the film.
  • A strange character (who may or may not be dead) enters a diner to chat with JB. His fingernails are black, he makes odd cracking sounds while moving, and flies buzz about him (ditto for the above potential for scares despite the obvious attempt at comedy).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We see a cartoon still figure holding a sword (on a tarot type card).
  • Some museum security guards wear sidearms and later fire them at JB and KG after catching the two in the museum after hours.
  • A man who wants the pick of destiny brandishes a knife that he says he'll use to cut JB from "hole to hole," but he moves too slowly and JB and KG easily elude him.
  • The guys try to elude a roadblock where the police aim shotguns and handguns at them.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You never know when you might need to f*ck yourself out of a situation," "I f*cking did it," "Oh f*ck," "I'm f*cking out of here," "You f*cking d*ck," "No more f*cking around," "I sure f*cking am," "F*ck you," "Like a f*cking ninja," "Get your f*cking mind out of the p*ssy cloud," "You're so f*cking awesome," "Who the f*ck am I?" "F*cked up," "F*ck-a-lucka ding-dong," "F*ck yeah," "Let's get the f*ck out of here," "You f*cking rule," "What the f*ck are you doing?" "Yes, you are f*cked, sh*t out of luck, my c*ck you will suck," "You m*therf*cker," "Get on with it, dumb-sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "You didn't remember to do sh*t," "Holy sh*t-balls," "Oh sh*t," "He can suck a c*ck," "C*ck pushup," "Boner," "Ride my wiggle stick" (penis), "T*ts or destiny," "C*ck shiner," "Hos before bros," "Use the c*ck," "C'mon helmet head" (said to a penis), "Dude," "You're awesome," "Are you stupid?" "Jeez Louise papa cheese," "Stinky filthy fatty," "Amazing...ly bad," "Check out that super fox" (woman), "Dealio," "Douche bag," "Dumb ass," "You suck," "I suck," "Screwball," "Freaking," "We were kick-ass," "Let's chow down," "Eye of le tigre," "That sounds rad," "I miss that sweet ass leg of mine," "Smoking Bettys," "Sweet ass hotties," "Wassup," "I'm tripping," "No way in hell," "Balls," "Ball sack," "Let's bail," "Bitching," "Let's blister this asshole," "Don't freak out on me," "Sorry ass" and "To be your little bitch."
  • Some kids may be inspired to imitate Jack Black's character and his various mannerisms, etc.
  • We see some miscellaneous people with Mohawk haircuts.
  • Doing a "Kung Fu" type test, KG has JB try to snatch the TV remote from his hand.
  • KG has JB go through a "gig simulation" (of performing in front of a hostile crowd). Various tape recorded messages say things such as "Get on with it, dumb-sh*t," and KG then unleashes some beer bottles tied to the ceiling that then swing down and crash onto the helmet JB is wearing.
  • JB tries to do a "power slide" across the floor (where you run and then slide on your knees like a rock star guitarist), but he falls and lands face-first, smashing his guitar.
  • JB shows KG his bare butt check that has the birthmark "tenac" on it, prompting KG to show his (with "ious D" on it), thus meaning when they put those bare butt cheeks together, they get the name of their band.
  • Trying to get some satanic help for their music, the guys make a pentagram symbol using ketchup.
  • A music store worker (Ben Stiller) has many tattoos all over him, while miscellaneous people also have various tattoos.
  • A waitress wears a t-shirt that reads, "My face is up here" (for guys who will be looking at her chest).
  • A young woman wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • JB eats raw mushrooms in the woods and then has a prolonged, psychedelic, hallucinatory trip.
  • JB and KG do some "spy" type running through a museum (darting and moving across the floor, while trying to avoid being detected).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A mild amount of playfully done, suspenseful music is heard in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • An extreme amount of profanity and various bits of sexually related dialogue are heard in various performed songs.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 106 "f" words (3 used with "mother," 1 used sexually), 20 "s" words, 14 slang terms using male genitals ("c*ck," "d*ck" and "wiggle stick"), 1 using female ones ("p*ssy"), 2 for breasts ("t*ts"), 14 asses (2 used with "hole"), 2 hells, 1 damn, 9 uses of "G-damn," 5 of "Oh my God" and 2 uses each of "God" and "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Upset at his dad, young JB sings the taunting lyric, "He can suck a c*ck."
  • We see a miscellaneous woman in a bikini top that shows cleavage.
  • We see cartoon still figures (tarot card style) of men and women showing bare butts, and bare breasts for the women.
  • In a spoof of the movie "A Clockwork Orange," we see some thugs dressed like the characters in that movie, including with exaggeratedly large codpieces.
  • A poster in the background of KG's place shows two shapely twins, with their hands over their bare breasts, but the sides of their bare butts can be seen (albeit out of focus). We later see the same again in the background of a shot (although this time it's only half the poster -- and thus one woman -- and it's in focus).
  • From KG's apartment, JB spots a shapely and quite buxom woman in a very small bikini top walk by. JB says, "Check out that super fox," with KG replying that sex is a crucial component of the KGP (Kyle Gass Project -- his band). He then decides he must teach JB about doing "c*ck" pushups, saying, "You never know when you might need to f*ck yourself out of a situation." The term "boner" is used, and we then see JB lying facedown on the floor, trying to do such a pushup without using his hands or feet.
  • We see a flashback to young JB's father stating (about JB), "I should have worn a condom."
  • JB shows KG his bare butt check that has the birthmark "tenac" on it, prompting KG to show his (with "ious D" on it), thus meaning when they put those bare butt cheeks together, they get the name of their band.
  • The duo has an emcee read their pre-written introduction before performing, and it includes the line, "Here to come again in your ear p*ssies."
  • We see some miscellaneous cleavage.
  • We see cartoon images (and hear the story) of a blacksmith of old who wanted something that would leave a maiden "moist and wanting," and thus he choose music.
  • We see a cartoon image of JB and KG riding off (away from our view) that shows their bare butts.
  • JB has a dream about he and KG doing a killer rock 'n' roll performance where KG holds a two-necked guitar (where those necks are split apart like open legs and KG does some mock licking between them). All of that gets a woman in the bar worked up and she rubs her hands all over clothed body (including to her crotch) while writhing about (standing).
  • A waitress wears a t-shirt that reads, "My face is up here" (for guys who will be looking at her chest).
  • Trying to score with some young women, KG tells them he's a famous rock 'n' roller, but then suggestively adds, "We're just flesh...and bone" (an erection reference).
  • KG informs JB of some "smoking Bettys" (pretty and young women) who he's found for them, adding that the blonde "wants to ride my wiggle stick." JB (who believes they should be after the pick of destiny instead) tells him, "Get your f*cking mind out of the p*ssy cloud," but KG says they're "sweet ass hotties." JB then gives him the ultimatum, "T*ts or destiny," with KG replying "T*ts" while lifting his own shirt, symbolically, to show his bare chest.
  • A young woman flashes her bra or bare breasts at JB and one wears a T-shirt that reads, "I love sluts."
  • We see miscellaneous cleavage.
  • Referring to KG leaving a party with pretty girls so that he can help JB steal the guitar pick from a museum, the comment "Hos before bros" is made, as is something about a "c*ck shiner."
  • With JB trapped in a field of crisscrossed laser beams (in a museum where breaking any of their fields will set off the alarm), KG tells him to "Use the c*ck" (going back to the earlier bit about "c*ck" pushups). JB then concentrates, and without using his hands (but saying things such as "C'mon, helmet-head"), he causes himself to get an erection then grows out the fly of his pants (it's covered in his underwear) and then touches a button that deactivates the laser beams.
  • There's a comment that Satan isn't in a guitar pick (that JB and KG want), but rather he's in all of us, adding that makes us want to party and have sex all night long.
  • JB and KG encounter the devil who sings to them, "Yes, you are f*cked, sh*t out of luck, my c*ck you will suck." About possibly getting KG as part of their musical competitive bit, the devil sings sexually related lyrics about having KG, all while making mock rear entry sex movements with spanking, flicks his tongue between his fingers, and then squeezes something that causes some substance to squirt out (some ejaculation symbolism).
  • SMOKING
  • A miscellaneous person is seen smoking.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We see young JB acting out in his parents' home, prompting his father (Meat Loaf) to whip him with his belt. Upset at his dad, JB sings the taunting lyric, "He can suck a c*ck." He then runs away from home.
  • We see a flashback to young JB's father stating (about JB), "I should have worn a condom."
  • KG's mom calls and tells him that since it's been 15 years and he hasn't made it yet as a rock star, she won't be sending any more support checks to him.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • We see young JB acting out in his parents' home, prompting his father (Meat Loaf) to whip him with his belt. Young JB then runs away from home.
  • Following one's dream.
  • The satanic elements in the film.
  • JB eats raw mushrooms in the woods and then has a prolonged, psychedelic, hallucinatory trip.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see young JB acting out in his parents' home, prompting his father (Meat Loaf) to whip him with his belt.
  • KG initially tries to brush off JB when they first meet and KG thinks he's God's gift to music. He even flicks his guitar pick into JB's face.
  • In a spoof of the movie "A Clockwork Orange," some thugs (dressed like the characters in that movie, including with exaggeratedly large codpieces) pick on JB, call him a "stinky filthy fatty," lift him from a park bench by a rod under his nose, and then hit him with rods and a guitar.
  • KG has JB go through a "gig simulation" (of performing in front of a hostile crowd). Various tape recorded messages say things such as "Get on with it, dumb-sh*t," and KG then unleashes some beer bottles tied to the ceiling that then swing down and crash onto the helmet JB is wearing.
  • JB tries to do a "power slide" across the floor (where you run and then slide on your knees like a rock star guitarist), but he falls and lands face-first, smashing his guitar.
  • We see cartoon images (and hear the story) of a blacksmith throwing a hammer that chips the Devil's tooth, thus creating the pick of destiny.
  • JB has a dream about he and KG doing a killer rock 'n' roll performance that causes a man's head to explode backwards (shooting blood and goo onto others) as their music "blew his mind."
  • While high on wild mushrooms, JB ends up falling from a tree, landing hard on his crotch on a tree limb, and then rolling off and landing hard on the ground.
  • A young partygoer throws a cup of beer or something similar and hits KG on the back with it.
  • JB uses a rock to break a security camera outside a museum. He then enters rooftop vent only to fall and land hard down inside the vent. He then meets KG inside the vent that then falls and lands hard on the floor below them.
  • While trying to retrieve the guitar pick in a museum, JB and KG end up falling into tall amplifiers that then go into domino effect mode, knocking down even more. The guys then end up sliding down a ramp and crashing through a gate, only to have some inept security guards shoot at them with handguns (JB and KG get away unscathed).
  • When the police try to pull over KG (for a broken tail light, although he and JB think it's because they just stole a guitar pick from a museum after hours), he suddenly speeds away. During the ensuing chase, he drives over various things on and off the city roads (newspaper vending machines, etc.) and then does a twisting, flying car move to try to elude a roadblock where the police aim shotguns and handguns at them.
  • JB and KG end up struggling over the guitar pick (about which one gets to use it first), with them accidentally breaking it in two.
  • The devil fires an energy beam at KG, but JB dives in front of that, deflecting the beam back at the devil, and it knocks off part of his horn (the devil is then swallowed back up, presumably back to Hell).



  • Reviewed November 9, 2006 / Posted November 22, 2006

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