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Fast-Paised review: 'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny'

Jack Black and Kyle Gass form Tenacious D and search for the Pick of Destiny, which will make them guitar gods. (The two really are a band, but the movie is not based on a true story. Obviously.)

Big question: Can "Destiny" satisfy D's fans as well as newcomers who don't think, as the group claims in their tunes, they're the best band in the world?

Skip it: What is funny about Tenacious D? That they clearly are not the greatest band of all-time but won't shut up about how much they rock? That they claim devotion to rock 'n' roll but appear to have heard nothing but Van Halen and Black Sabbath? Or just that Black and Gass are so incredibly tickled by a word that starts with C and rhymes with rock that half the lyrics necessitate the use of "suck."

Catch it: If you're up for Dave Grohl as the devil, a "Mission: Impossible"-style museum break-in and a mushroom-induced hallucination down a river and up a tree by Black. They're relative high points on the otherwise mellow trip to nowhere very funny.

Bottom line: Hopelessly devoted fans may dub this a new stoner classic, but if Tenacious D really thought they could rock, they wouldn't need a magic pick. While "The Pick of Destiny" is the fake story behind Tenacious D, here's how the movie itself appears to have been born: "School of Rock" got high and watched "Harold and Kumar," and "The Pick of Destiny" was the story told to the cops upon waking up in the drive thru.

Bonus: Want a second opinion of the film? Here you go, as overheard after the screening: "I liked 'Beerfest' better." "Eww, who are you?"

Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.


'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny'

Directed by Liam Lynch; screenplay by Jack Black, Kyle Gass and Lynch; cinematography by Robert Brinkmann; edited by David Rennie; production design by Martin Whist; music by John King and Andrew Gross; produced by Black, Gass and Stuart Cornfield. A New Line Cinema release; opens Wednesday. Running time: 1:40. MPAA rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content and drug use).

JB - Jack Black

KG - Kyle Gass

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