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Your Highness (2011)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 171
Fresh: 47
Rotten: 124

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.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 30

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.


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 53,545


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
Danny McBride , Ben Best
In Theaters:
Aug 9, 2011
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Your Highness

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (124) | DVD (4)

Dudes, we get it.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Top Critic

With McBride and Franco trying on knowingly bad Brit accents and the entire cast clearly having a whale of a time, the impression is of the world's daftest, priciest, least self-serious end-of-the-pier panto.

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Sword and sorcery movies often resemble parodies of themselves even when they are intended to be taken seriously. And then there are genre spoofs like Your Highness that are meant to be funny and leave you stone-faced.

Full Review… | April 11, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

This film looks like it was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

None of this is very funny, and most of it is pretty ugly - the last half-hour or so is a paroxysm of bad special effects, amputated limbs and a severed sexual organ.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Basically, the script, from the title on down, feels like something sketched out on rolling papers.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The only saving grace of this film is the cast, which includes some fantastic actors, slumming it for a paycheck.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
7M Pictures

This is teenage junk trash rendered lovingly. I see no problem with that. And if I ever kill a minotaur, I know what I'm taking as a trophy.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Your Highness never sacrifices its cheerful, one-thing-after-another absurdity, or its inability to take itself even remotely seriously.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Your Highness hits more than it misses but the effort is substantially lacking, which particularly unexpected considering the gifted people involved.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

Quite a comedown and a buzz kill, after "Pineapple Express."

Full Review… | January 12, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Director David Gordon Green and writers Danny McBride and Ben Best have put together a completely unfunny film filled to the brim with non-stop sexual references and other bits of lowbrow humor.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012

It's time for Green to make one of the moody, downbeat, haunting indie dramas with which he initially made a name for himself.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

If Green wanted to make an awesome fantasy film, he should have, and if he wanted to make a great stoner comedy, well, he already did once.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

A surprisingly boring throwback to '80s fantasy, with a disgusting amount of potty humor, violence and foul language tossed in to generate the shallowest of laughs.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012

There are glimmers of inspired comedy, but rather than explore the genre's stereotypes, the movie constantly falls back on smut.

Full Review… | December 22, 2011
SFX Magazine

A spirited and (mostly) funny genre spoof from the same team responsible for Pineapple Express.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Film Journal International

Who could have possibly thought any of this is funny?

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Green's film is what happens when a talented director and cast indulge almost every one of their silly, sophomoric impulses; though not perfectly streamlined, the results are frequently hilarious all the same.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Just don't expect too much from it and remember to switch off your brain.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
The Standard

McBride, who also created the indelible character of Kenny Powers on HBO's "Eastbound and Down," has most of the good lines and he makes the most of them

Full Review… | August 16, 2011

In theory, I suppose it would be funny-and incongruous-if in the middle of a serious costume drama a noble action hero uttered a four-letter word. Hearing Danny McBride do just that, repeatedly, in Your Highness not only isn't funny but grows wearisome...

Full Review… | August 12, 2011

In case you miss the joke, McBride helpfully arcs an eyebrow and cocks his head to signal the punchline. And with all the subtlety of Thor, he hammers most of his crude one-liners in the direction of Portman as the vengeful warrior chick Isabel.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Good fun.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
The Age (Australia)

...boasts a pervasively absurd atmosphere that's heightened on an all-too-frequent basis by the almost uniformly over-the-top performances.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

I love McBride and Franco and will watch them in anything -- it's a bonus that there are corsets and scary labyrinths.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011

Audience Reviews for Your Highness


if you like crude vulgar humor and Natalie Portman running around in medieval garb this is a five star movie.

It plays for the base humor and is vulgar and you will either howl out loud laugh or eye roll till the sheep come in.

I had fun it was 3 1/2 out of 5 for me. Again it was a free ticket with a recent blu ray purchase but hey one cant complain. Also has Zooey Deschanel in it and the factor of beautiful women was quite nice.

James Franco looked to be having WAY too much fun being ridiculous in this one. Good time though. Keep the kids away lol

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Medieval spoofs have been done to death and no one is likely to top Monty Python's Holy Grail but there is still plenty to work with. They looked like they were going to pull it off with Your Highness too but then they got stuck in a really boring puerile 'stoner' cycle and every opportunity was spectacularly missed. What saddened me most was how so many talented actors wasted their time and their talent on such rubbish.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

While the trailer was really funny, like so often, it also wasted most of the ammunition. The rest of the film is neither very surprising nor funny but relies on stoner and sex jokes, pretty much exclusively so. It's amazing how the creators gathered such talented people like Dance, Lewis or Portman. What could have been a new, politically incorrect version of Princess of the Bride is just plain stupid, even if entertaining enough. At least one of the running gags works, though: if you ever wanted to see Zoey Deschanel trying to suck a severed Minotaur dick, this is your kinda film. If you think that sentence alone is really bizarre, stay away.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Knights, wizards, trolls and fair maidens. All congregated for your amusement in a fabulous comedy-adventure with quite the lustrous cast. Not the best quest ever, as the poster would have us believe, but very entertaining in all its vulgar and boundless sense of humor. Sort of in the same spirit as Men in Tights and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, only not fully as clever or brilliant. My expectations here were not very high, so I was quite astonished by how enjoyable it was. A great many of the jokes fall flat on their faces, but I just loved the overall atmosphere and ye olde medieval chatter. Not to mention the heavenly sight of Natalie Portman in a golden thong. You ought therefore bear in mind that my review is rather biased. For what I deemed a most joyous and rousing occation, others may likely find a few ale kegs short of a satisfying feast.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

Your Highness Quotes

He wants us to jerk him off!
Great Wize Wizard:
Just touch the tip and twist it.
We are not going to do that.
If it's for the quest, we will do what needs to be done.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
The fuckening has begun!
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
My path has been unstable, but my conviction is born to damn the fuckers who doubted me. To lessen the assholes who tested me. To right what is wrong, to restore faith that has long been lost, and to rise to great heights even beyond my own legend as a Great Cocksmith, Master Pintsman, and stunningly handsome Prince of Light in these dark Dark Ages!
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
It is my legacy to stop anyone who wants to fuck to make dragons.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
That feeling is all too familiar. It's been burning in my beaver since the day I lost my brothers.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
[while moving Stephen off the bed] Stephen, I'm going to put you in the corner *now* while I strum my filthies.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)

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