Today’s Prayer Focus

Your Highness

MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use.
Moral Rating: not reviewed
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Adults Teens
Genre: Fantasy Adventure Comedy
Length: 1 hr. 42 min.
Year of Release: 2011
USA Release: April 8, 2011
DVD: August 9, 2011
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ROYALTY of the Bible: kings / queens / princes

arrogance and pride


drunkenness in the Bible


Should I save sex for marriage? Answer





cowardess, bravery and courage

Featuring Danny McBride … Thadeous
James FrancoFabious
Rasmus HardikerCourtney
Natalie PortmanIsabel
Toby JonesJulie
Justin TherouxLeezar
Zooey DeschanelBelladonna
Damian LewisBoremont
Director David Gordon Green
Producer Universal Pictures
Stuber Productions
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.”

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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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Positive—Look, a lot of people, like Roger Ebert, who has proven himself to be a very immoral and unfunny man himself lately (with his awful comments about the car-crash death of celebrity Ryan Dunn, earlier this year), are judging this movie’s humor and entertainment value STRICTLY on moral values, which is a decidedly-subjective and biased way of looking at this film. I am a Christian, myself, but I am approaching grading this film by its entertainment value in the year 2011. You can refer to my moral rating which is “very offensive,” to see that I am not being dishonest about the CONTENT and SUBJECT MATTER of the movie.

However, the watchability and entertainment of this movie are about average, as I (as do MANY of my fellow Christians) have a sense of humor. There are no anti-Christian messages in this movie, that I can see. There is certainly content that is offensive. But there is nothing sacrilegious about this film. Some might look at the sexual content as offensive, which is fine. And I agree with that. But to say that this movie is more offensive than Kevin Smith’s “Red State,” for example, is simply dishonest. The movie is not anti-Christian.

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My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
Michael J. Stanek, age 22 (USA)
Negative—…me and a few friends saw this tonight. I wasn’t too sure how good it was going to be, other than the trailers and, and that’s about it. Now a days, movies almost have to be reviewed before you watch it, especially if it’s rated R. My take on the movie… was that is was probably the worst I had seen. To see how low the moviemaking has gotten has been appalling. For a movie that looked like it had so much potentiality, i.e., the actors and the plot, any such redeeming value that might pop up was soon to be smashed…

So a warning to all that might be thinking about watching it. DON’T!!!… It was like watching a bad dream. To think that I had sat through it and didn’t leave, I ask my self why. So please don’t make the same mistake I did.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
Toby Kratochvil, age 24 (USA)
Negative—This is a wantonly vulgar and disgusting film. From a secular viewpoint, it is a boring, revolting, unfunny film. From a Christian perspective, it shows how low a corrupt mind and soul can sink.

An example of this movie’s approach is provided by a minotaur with an erect penis seeking to sodomize an androgynous page boy—only to be killed by an anti-hero who cuts off the minotaur’s penis, threads a string through it and wears it as a necklace. The secular highlights of the film are a lingering, voyeuristic shot of Natalie Portman’s naked posterior and a close up of her crotch in a metal mini g-string (said to be a chastity belt). It is essentially pornography.

What is surprising about this film is that Natalie Portman accepted a role at the peak of her career which is essentially a role to portray a flaky slut. Whilst Portman played the role perfectly, it is a poor reflection on her character that she would agree to play such a role. We were even treated to the Academy Award winner referring to her “beaver”. If she had been desperate to get into movies, and this is what she did to get her first role, I could understand. But we as Christians should not give rich and accomplished actresses a free pass on starring in movies with the practical effect of promoting perversions—even in this case—pederasty. I doubt that this film could have achieved wide cinematic release, but for Portman’s participation.

Interestingly, by editing about fifteen minutes, and dubbing a new script, a competent B-grade children’s film could be produced. It is nothing short of amazing that the Government of Northern Ireland appears to have injected money into this movie—according to the end credits.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1½
Blue, age 53 (Australia)
Movie Critics
…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