Tenacious D Brings the Thunder

Genres: Comedy and Musical/Performing Arts
Running Time: 93 Minutes
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.
Release Date: November 22nd, 2006 (wide)
Distributors: New Line Cinema

Directed by: Liam Lynch

No film in recent memory will polarize audiences so much as this one does. Fans of "the D" (who probably sat outside the theater for... several minutes prior to its release) will no-doubt LOVE this tongue-in-cheek biopic of the self-proclaimed greatest band in the world. For anyone who has never heard of Tenacious D, they'll probably want their money back.

For you see, Tenacious D is a force to be reckoned with. They are a tool of unimaginable power that should only be played with under close adult supervision. The powerhouse duo of Jack Black on spleen-piercing vocals and Kyle Glass on surprisingly good acoustic guitar formed Tenacious D (named allegedly after Marv Albert's comments regarding the tenacious defense of the New York Knicks.) back in 1994. They were discovered by comedian David Cross, had a brief series on HBO (brief, as in three episodes), and in 2001, released their self-titled album, hitting the charts at #33 (better than K-fed) and launching their underground cult status as gods of rock.

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood discovered the raw talent that oozed from these two individuals like the sugary filling of a jelly donut. Black's role as a hyperactive record store clerk in 2000's "High Fidelity" pretty much springboarded his film career, while Kyle has seen roles in numerous films and television shows. But the two together form a magical bond that musically is really quite impressive.

The film is not going to win an academy award, (but it's a shoe-in for a Stony). It packs a lot of chuckles and in-jokes for fans, while at the very least providing a fun ride for folks with an open mind and perhaps an appreciation for less-than-legal medicinal herbs. It's not something I would suggest taking your mother to (like I did, hence the refund demand mentioned above) but it does provide for a fun experience.

In short, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a cute story, funny and worth seeing if you have nothing else to do around 4:20 in the afternoon. Not a great film, but a good one to watch or rent while half-conscious on a couch.

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