TENACIOUS D: THE PICK OF DESTINY: 3 STARS
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a heavy metal odyssey about two stoner heavy metal musicians (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) who must retrieve the magical Pick of Destiny—made from a chip of Satan’s tooth—so they can write the ultimate metal song, win the top prize at an open mike night and make enough money to pay their rent. In other words its like Cheech and Chong with power chords, or the Two Stooges with guitars.
Black and Gass have been performing in comedy clubs for years as Tenacious D—the self proclaimed “greatest band on Earth”— a sort of live-action Beavis and Butthead who play a brand of sword and sorcery style heavy metal that pays homage to the music while taking the mickey out of it.
Most of the humor here originated from south of the bellybutton, but Black’s frenetic performance and soaring rock vocals coupled with Gass’ goofy charm keep things rocking along.
Not for everyone, but if you enjoyed Spinal Tap you’ll like Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.