Tenacious D in "The Pick of Destiny"

Rated R 2006

That we're even discussing a Tenacious D movie more than a decade after Jack Black and Kyle Gass formed their heavy-metal homage/parody suggests they're too late to their own party. Already there have been myriad Saturday Night Live and Mr. Show appearances, the short-lived HBO series and the 2001 album, not to mention Black's role in School of Rock, which capitalized on his performance as, well, more-or-less Jack Black in High Fidelity, which exploited his stint in Tenacious D. It all seems more than a bit too familiar, and by the time Tenacious D gets to the protracted car chase, you'll wonder whether Gass and Black are on a mission from God or Satan -- who, d'oh, finally shows up in the form of Foo Fighter Dave Grohl. Directed by Liam Lynch (responsible for the time-wasting musical sequences in Sarah Silverman's concert doc Jesus Is Magic), Tenacious D is utterly harmless and totally pointless. Black and Gass have been at this so long, their dirty little joke has all the punch of a Catskills routine.

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