Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Amy Adams as: Gorgeous Woman
Directed by: Liam Lynch
Written by: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Liam Lynch
Selected Cast: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Amy Poehler
Release Date: November 22, 2006 (US)
Genre: Comedy / Music
MPAA Rating: R
The greatest motion picture of all time.
Jack Black and Kyle Gass have formed a band the likes of which has never been seen, and they called themselves Tenacious D. This film is not just a list of things that Jables and Rage Kage have done in the past, but it’s also a chronicling of their rise to power.
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Amy has a “blink and you’ll miss it” cameo as the “Gorgeous Woman”, a fan of the band Tenacious D in Jack Black’s fantasy. She has no actual lines.
• On preparing for the role:
“Hours in the makeup chair and you see me for half a second. But I love Jack Black so I had to do it.”
Amy’s character has no actual lines.
• Filmed in California, USA.
• The word ‘fuck’ and its derivatives are said 106 times in this film.
• Until this film, Meat Loaf had not sang in a movie since The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), because he wanted to be accepted in the industry as a serious actor.
• David Grohl, who appears as Satan, also played Satan in the video for the Tenacious D song, “Tribute”, which is also referenced in the film. Grohl also lent his talents to several songs on Tenacious D’s self-titled CD.
• The gang that beats up JB near the beginning of the film was a reference from Stanley Kubrick’s movie A Clockwork Orange (1971). They are dressed up as the gang lead by Malcolm McDowell’s character Alex.
• Stay tuned after the credits for an extra scene. This is the third film featuring both Jack Black and Colin Hanks (the second being King Kong (2005)). In their first joint venture, Orange County (2002), Hanks’s character goes to a frat party that proves disappointing. In this film, the character of KG goes to a frat party where he is ridiculed by a frat boy played by Hanks.
• The car chase in the video-game Kyle plays at the beginning ends the same way as the actual car chase at the end of the movie.
• There are two references to other songs “Sasquatch” and “Tribute”. Jack mentions in search of Sasquatch as being on TV. when in KG’s home and on of the first lines of Sasquatch is “In search of Sasquatch – That was a kick ass In search of…” Tribute is referenced at the end when JB and KG can’t remember the song they just sang, hence writing “Tribute” to tribute the song.
“Theaters would be wise to disarm smoke detectors for showings of Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, a kind of origin story for the self-anointed “greatest band on Earth” starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Not surprisingly, the pic struggles at times to flesh out even its relatively brief 90-odd-minute duration, but it delivers some genuine if generally low-brow laughs along the way. An avid cult of “D” devotees should ensure a respectable opening (though probably not equal to Black’s recent outings) and sweet licks in DVD release, where mood-enhancement aids will be all but compulsory.” – Brian Lowry, Variety
“Few movies are easier to review or define a recommendation. If you’re a die-hard fan of either Jack Black or the band he formed with Kyle Gass, you’ll likely love every moment of Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. For anyone else, the better choice would be to buy the soundtrack (if you like the music) and skip the movie. This is one of those musicals that provides moderate entertainment when the actors are singing or playing guitar, but devolves into a spiral of tediousness during the increasingly lengthy gaps between numbers. The comedy is juvenile and often unfunny. There are some laugh-aloud moments, but not nearly enough. In the end, you have to possess a sweet spot for Black and his antics to find Tenacious D more than barely watchable.” – James Berardinelli, Reel Views