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Your Highness (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 124

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.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 29

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.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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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

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Comedy

Danny McBride, Ben Best

Aug 9, 2011

$21.6M

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All Critics (171) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (124) | DVD (4)

Dudes, we get it.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (2)
Newsday
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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.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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This film looks like it was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (4)
Detroit News
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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.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
Newark Star-Ledger
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Basically, the script, from the title on down, feels like something sketched out on rolling papers.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (3)
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The only saving grace of this film is the cast, which includes some fantastic actors, slumming it for a paycheck.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

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

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

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.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

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

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

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

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Who could have possibly thought any of this is funny?

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comments (3)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: 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

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

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...

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

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.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Good fun.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
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.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
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.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

I found myself laughing a lot at this rotten movie.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Audience Reviews for Your Highness

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.
December 20, 2013
SirPant

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.
June 14, 2013
ironclad1609

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.
August 2, 2012
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

    1. Thadeous: He wants us to jerk him off!
    2. Great Wize Wizard: Just touch the tip and twist it.
    3. Thadeous: We are not going to do that.
    4. Fabious: If it's for the quest, we will do what needs to be done.
    5. Thadeous: Yuck!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Leezar: The fuckening has begun!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Thadeous: 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 (14 months ago)
    1. Isabel: It is my legacy to stop anyone who wants to fuck to make dragons.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Isabel: That feeling is all too familiar. It's been burning in my beaver since the day I lost my brothers.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (14 months ago)
    1. Thadeous: [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 (14 months ago)
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