Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny is Jack Black’s ultimate stoner film

Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny is Jack Black’s ultimate stoner film

Worth a watch for things like Dave Grohl as Satan and cameos from the late, great Ronnie James Dio. 


Outside of classics like School of Rock, one of my favorite Jack Black films is without a doubt Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny. The film serves as a hilarious, off-the-wall origin story spoof of the band composed of duo Jack Black and Kyle Gass, and is one that I feel like often gets left out of the conversation when people talk about Black’s illustrious career. Which is a shame, because if you haven’t seen it, Pick of Destiny is 2006 era comedy gold.  

I feel like part of why it gets overlooked is because Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny is an unabashed stoner flick, full of delightful stupidity and cheesy jokes that undoubtedly land better with viewers who are properly baked. This is one of the reasons why it’s such an enjoyable watch though, and for me is a particularly fantastic pick for those that may not be feeling their best mental health wise.  

Not only does Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny excel at delivering a tale that never once takes itself seriously in any way whatsoever, it also features a surprise all-star cast including appearances from the late, great Ronnie James Dio and Meat Loaf, along with cameos from actors like Ben Stiller as a Guitar Center employee. 

Oh, and of course, the legendary Dave Grohl as Satan who delivers iconic lines like, “Check this riff it’s f*cking tasty!”

The riff he plays is indeed quite tasty.

That aside, for those who’ve never seen the film, it follows Jack Black’s character who runs away from his home in Kickapoo to seek out Hollywood at the behest of a poster of Ronnie James Dio. 

Once in Hollywood, he meets Kyle Gass busking on the street and eventually the two sync up to form “the world’s most awesome band.” Strapped for rent money, the two concoct a plan to steal the mystical “Pick of Destiny” from the Rock & Roll History Museum and use it to boost their performance at a local Battle of the Bands type show. 

In short, I’ve seen this movie dozens of times and felt like writing up a Cortex post on it because again, if you haven’t seen it and you’re a Jack Black fan, you’re seriously missing out on some top tier laughs. That, or if you’re feeling a bit depressed, it’s a great watch that’ll give you 1 hour and 30 minutes of much-needed distraction. If you have Prime Video, it’s currently streaming there so you can bounce over and check it out now, if you like! 

From The Chatty
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    January 30, 2023 3:18 PM

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      January 30, 2023 3:40 PM

      I also love this film, though I've never watched it properly. Jables hired all his buddies to work on and promote the film after he became a big time movie star. It was directed by Liam Lynch, his video game buddy from when they were poor kids trying to make it in Hollywood. Lynch is the co-creator of the cult MTV show Sifl and Olly and also directed a few of Tenacious D's music videos (including the meme-able Tribute).
      Source: I met Liam at a Sifl and Olly convention and asked him specifically about his friendship with Jack Black.

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      January 30, 2023 6:09 PM

      Saving Silverman is an underrated early 2k comedy.

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        January 31, 2023 7:18 AM

        If we're going with early 2000's Jack Black comedies, Orange County is pretty funny as well.

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        January 31, 2023 8:17 AM

        It killed Bigg's burgeoning career. I like it much more than Pick of Destiny, and think it is genuinely hilarious, but Steve Zahn only recently crawled out of the hole it dug for him, and Biggs is still toast.

        My favorite trivia for it is that it was remade in India under the title "Thotti Gang". Who could have known that meaning would be more relevant 20 years later.

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      January 30, 2023 6:30 PM

      Pick of Destiny was the roommate commute album when three of us were carpooling to the same call center job. We would smoke weed on the way to work, on our lunch break and on the way home while singing every word to every song for weeks at a time.

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      January 30, 2023 8:15 PM

      It works sober, too!

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      January 31, 2023 3:07 AM

      I'm not sure I'd call it a stoner film, but it's a lot of fun anyway.

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      January 31, 2023 3:12 AM

      I won tickets to see a sneak preview of it back in '06. They had a drawing for swag at the showing, and I won a foam hand, a Kyle Gas face mask, and a pick. No idea where any of it is anymore. But here's a pic of younger me excitedly showing it off.


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        January 31, 2023 6:36 AM

        now take another picture with the mask on

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          January 31, 2023 7:16 AM

          Hahahaha we got us a comedian here people!

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        January 31, 2023 8:18 AM

        I was very confused on what a kyle gas face mask was, but yep guess that's a KG face mask.

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