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Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny | 2006 | R | - 6.5.10

Jack Black and Kyle Gass star as two musicians calling themselves Tenacious D. Down on their luck, they are desperate to win a talent contest and believe that they need to find a guitar pick that will make it impossible for them to lose. Also with J. R. Reed, Fred Armisen and Ned Bellamy. Directed by Liam Lynch. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man's genitals swell and protrude from his pants to press a button on a wall (we see the protrusion wrapped in cloth that looks like underwear).
 An older man admires three young women as they look at him flirtatiously (they wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and legs). A woman wearing a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage smiles at a man and he winks at her. A woman wears a bikini that reveals her ample cleavage and a man admires her. A young woman lifts her top to reveal her bare abdomen and bra to a man. We see a poster of two nude women with their arms covering their breasts (their bare buttocks are visible) and we see a picture apparently representing Adam and Eve nude from the waist up (his bare chest and her bare breasts are visible).
 A man pulls down his pants and we see his bare buttocks, and then another man does the same. We see a drawing of two men with the backs and wings of geese (their bare buttocks are visible as they fly away).
 A man plays a guitar with two necks that are painted to look like a woman's legs with panties at the middle, and the man sticks his tongue out and pretends to lick the panties. A woman thrashes with sexual pleasure while listening to two men play music. Three young women flirt with an older man.
 Satan shows up and thrusts his hips, wiggles his tongue suggestively and sings with lyrics about having sex with a man.
 A man tells another man that he must practice doing pushups using only his genitals. Using crude terms, a man tells another man that a young woman wants to have sex with him. Two men talk about sex and rock-and-roll, and that they are synonymous. Two men talk about partying and having sex in several scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man's head blows up and his brain splatters on people that are seated around him in a bar.
 A man lies on a bench at night, and four other men approach him and attack him with metal pipes and a guitar (he ends up with a bloody nose).
 Two security guards shoot at two men who are running away.
 A man speeds in a car, and police chase him; the car drives off a road, crashes into a newspaper stand, goes down a flight of stairs, over a ramp, and flips and explodes (the occupants of the car are OK).
 Satan (he's a large, red, horned creature) sprouts out of the ground, it threatens two men, and they argue and compete with each other.
 Satan shoots a green light at a man that is reflected and slices a horn off Satan's head. A wizard fights with Satan: snakes sprout out of the ground, and a man throws a piece of metal striking Satan in the mouth and breaking off a tooth.
 A father whips his son on the buttocks with his belt (the boy cries). A man is struck in the head with several bottles that break (he is wearing protective goggles and a helmet).
 A man with a knife verbally threatens two men, using graphic terms; the man then throws the knife at the men and they run away (neither of them is injured).
 A man sings about demons (flames dance behind him) and we see pictures of demons in several scenes. A man imagines running alongside Sasquatch.
 A man imagines floating down a fast moving river, but he's actually sitting on a tree and falls down, crashing hard onto a branch and hurting his crotch.
 A man throws a cup at a man's head. Two men wrestle over a remote control, and one pulls the other's wig off. Two men in an air vent fall when the vent breaks loose. A man falls off another man's shoulders, and both men slide down a flight of stairs on a large box speaker. A man slides on the floor on his knees, and he falls and lands on his guitar crushing it.
 Bullies tease a boy about being bald. Two men argue. A man says that a security laser cut his leg off. A man talks about poking another man's eyes out. A boy sings a song about killing a dragon and praising demons.
 A man sits down and we hear his bones cracking (he is very dirty and has blackened teeth). Two cartoon characters flatulate and pass a green gas that shoots them across the screen (it's a sound check prior to the main movie feature). A man sits on a toilet and we hear loud flatulating, splashes and trickles.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 90 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 14 sexual references, 18 scatological terms, 28 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid), 8 religious profanities, 8 religious exclamations, we hear that a man is from Kickapoo, Missouri.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men smoke marijuana from a bong, in several scenes, two security guards smoke a marijuana cigarette, a man eats wild mushrooms and begins to hallucinate, and two men talk about "some weed." A man drinks alcohol at a bar, and people drink alcohol in several bar scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Musicians, success, failure, parental disappointment, lying, fate, rape, destiny, Satan, demons.

MESSAGE - Your destiny is what you make of it.

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