|Featuring:||Danny McBride … Thadeous
James Franco … Fabious
Rasmus Hardiker … Courtney
Natalie Portman … Isabel
Toby Jones … Julie
Justin Theroux … Leezar
Zooey Deschanel … Belladonna
|Director:||David Gordon Green|
Andrew Z. Davis … executive producer
Mark Huffam … executive producer
Peter McAleese … co-producer
Danny McBride … executive producer
Jon Mone … executive producer
Scott Stuber … producer
“Get your quest on.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A fantasy movie about an arrogant, lazy prince and his more heroic brother who must complete a quest in order to save their father’s kingdom.
Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world—‘Your Highness.’ As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed.
Thadeous (Danny McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (James Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off.
Half-arsedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman)—an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own—the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages.”
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…That skunky smell emanating from “Your Highness” ain’t pot; it’s the stink of miscalculation that surrounds an inside joke gone awry. David Gordon Green and longtime film-school buddy Danny McBride burn through their biggest budget yet on a witless medieval stoner comedy, larding it up with the sort of juvenile titillation—boobies, double entendres and schoolyard homophobia—they no doubt found lacking in the '80s fantasy fare of their youth. Boasting good-sport support from before-they-were-Oscar-nominated James Franco and Natalie Portman, pic best serves potheads or underage guys far more likely to hit it on homevid. …
—Peter Debruge, Variety
…a juvenile excrescence that feels like the work of 11-year-old boys in love with dungeons, dragons, warrior women, pot, boobs and four-letter words. One of the heroes even wears the penis of a minotaur on a string around his neck. … The movie is a perplexing collapse of judgment. … It’s sad when good actors dress funny and go through material more suitable for a campfire skit on the closing night of summer camp.
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…McBride, Franco, Portman’s “Your Highness” drowns in lowbrow humor… spend more time wallowing in medieval filth than weaving clever laughs and engaging action. …
—Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
…“Your Highness,” which often feels as if it was written under the influence, has no narrative momentum—the story dawdles in fits and starts—and McBride, usually effective in supporting roles, simply isn’t leading-man material. The late John Belushi or even Seth Rogen might have killed with this character, but McBride is mostly just annoying. …
—Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald
…A royal failure for James Franco …watching him saw off his arm, as he did in “127 Hours,” is preferable to sitting through this misguided raunchfest. …
—Claudia Puig, USA Today
…The medieval comedy “Your Highness” is plagued by a shortage of laughs. …
—Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press
…an extremely lewd sendup of fantasy and heroic quest stories… The basic story in YOUR HIGHNESS is well constructed, but the movie’s comical, satirical tone is filled with nearly constant R-rated foul language, extremely lewd jokes and other abhorrent content. …
…Crass, crude, vulgar and obscene visual and verbal references to sex permeate “Your Highness.”… “Your Highness” is also saturated with violence, much of it graphic, gory and severe. …
—Adam R. Holz, Plugged In