Black and Gass haven't found their destiny with `Tenacious D'

Review C

November 22, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Garage rock meets garage moviemaking: that should have been the mandate of Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, featuring Kyle Gass and Jack Black as the amateur-hour power-guitar duo Tenacious D, who believe they're God's (or Satan's) gift to rock 'n' roll.

Instead, with the collusion of director and co-writer Liam Lynch, Gass and Black make a spectacle of themselves. They create a joke-ridden fantasy complete with tarot card chapter breaks boasting titles like "Destiny" and "The Quest." No matter how "mock" this epic gets, it isn't mock enough. The "D" in the title must stand for dead weight.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (New Line) Starring Jack Black, Kyle Gass. Directed by Liam Lynch. Rated R. Time 97 minutes.

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