Your Highness

2011

Your Highness

Critics Consensus

Big budgets and costumes in service of scatalogical jokes may seem funny on paper, but in execution this is a highly monotonous romp that registers only occasional laughs.

27%

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Total Count: 179

34%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 54,239
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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 (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (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-assedly 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. -- (C) Universal

Cast

James Franco
as Fabious
Zooey Deschanel
as Belladonna
Charles Dance
as King Tallious
Damian Lewis
as Boremont
Simon Farnaby
as Manious the Bold
Deobia Oparei
as Thundarian
B.J. Hogg
as Royal Advisor
Anna Barry
as Mother
Stuart Loveridge
as Skinny Prisoner
John Fricker
as Marteetee
Rupert Davis
as Second Knight
Mario Andres Torres
as Great Wize Wizard
Noah Huntley
as Head Knight
Ben Wright
as Dastardly
Susie Kelly
as Hooded Witch
Roma Tomelty
as Hooded Witch
Brigid Eric Bates
as Hooded Witch
Eilish Doran
as Hooded Witch
Rene Greig
as Hooded Witch
Kiran Shah
as Tiniest One
Simon Cohen
as The Barbarian
Graham Hughes
as Dwarf King
Nurlan Altayev
as Brother Mein
David Garrick
as Daronius the Swift
Brian Steele
as Minotaur Performer
Phil Holden
as Dwarf Executioner
Chris Burke
as Dwarf Man
Sinead Burke
as Dwarf Woman
Tobias Winter
as Timotay Dungeon Master
Paige Tyler
as Pale-Skinned Beauty
Rhian Sugden
as Forest Woman
Amii Grove
as Forest Woman
Madison Welch
as Forest Woman
Iga Wyrwal
as Regina
Charles Shaughnessy
as Narrator/Soul of the Maze
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  • Feb 07, 2016
    Nowhere near as funny as it should of been, There are some pretty funny laughs to be had at times but they are far few between, A very predictable and old story, Nothing new accept for the humour is more for older adults than most films like this, But apart from that it's nothing memorable.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2014
    David Gordon Green is still, in my book, the most disturbingly serious cinematic mutation I have ever seen in a filmmaker. The film sells a weird mix of violence and gore, sexual humor, crude gags, fantasy action, treachery, friendship, "heroism", brotherhood and costume-drama romance. Are those too many things to handle properly so you can avoid disaster? Yes, they are. Did we have a disaster of a film? Yes, we did. Did all the elements listed were given proper treatment? Hell no. Terrible miscasts participate in Green's official sale of his soul to the devil of Hollywood's financial greed. Still, I appreciate when a film is not afraid of its own R-rating. With some unpredictable moments and creative twists, we manage to have between hands a no more than entertaining ride. It never hesitates to raise some scandalous moments that a PG-13 rating would never have allowed; how terrible it is that this was close to a train wreck, galaxies away from the true demented talent of a Monty Python crew. It doesn't even try to be as witty as Mel Brook's comedic mentality during the 80s. The timing of the delivery of every f-bomb and other curse words is out of place and completely forced. For some weird reason, the makers thought that assigning a "refined" 18th Century language to the characters, making a silence of two seconds and then saying a curse word was funny. That's primary school humor! It does nothing, basically. 45/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2012
    Dumbfoundingly lazy medieval comedy-in-name-only. Imagine you're the producer knocking back some cold ones with pals Danny McBride and James Franco one night and one of you (you can't remember who) suggests you should all make a comedy with knights, maidens, and wizards. "Just like those Montgomery Pylon guys." Still laughing at the thought, you drunk-dial Natalie Portman as a crank call since James has her number, and to your still slightly cognizant surprise she agrees to be in the movie because as fate would have it she is also extremely smashed from attending her cousin's bar mitzvah. The next day, everything comes together magically - the ample funding, the studio machine ready to market the film on a wide scale, the lawyers who remind Natalie that a verbal agreement made while intoxicated is still an agreement. All that is going for you - and THIS pile of peasant poop is the best you can come up with??!? Wow. Mel Brooks' lightweight <i>Men In Tights</i> is <i>The Holy Grail</i> by comparison.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2012
    In "Your Highness," Prince Fabious(James Franco) has just returned from another successful quest, bringing back not only the requisite head of a monster but also Belladonna(Zooey Deschanel), his intended bride. His layabout brother Thadeous(Danny McBride), having just barely escaped a tight situation himself, is tired of all the attention his brother has been getting and decides to skip the wedding to get stoned, even though he is the best man. In retrospect, that might not have been such a bad idea as the dastardly wizard Leezar(Justin Theroux) shows up to kick everybody's butt, reclaiming Belladonna in the process. So, Fabious is off to the rescue, along with Thadeous who is given little choice by their father, the king(Charles Dance). First stop, the wizard. As a comedy, "Your Highness" comes up lame and is unnecessarily vulgar, relying on tired old jokes from the general neighborhood of "Blackadder" and "The Princess Bride" which were much better at this sort of thing. It does not help that the comically inept Danny McBride(who also co-wrote the script, in case you're wondering who to blame) is in the lead. However, the rest of the cast is not half bad, led by Natalie Portman who takes "Your Highness" on her petite shoulders in order to put the boys in their place. But that's not until about the halfway mark, so the movie is something of a slog until then. Surprisingly, even in full sell-out mode, David Gordon Green shows a flair for the action scenes, along with some nice fantasy touches.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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