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Your Highness (2011)



Critic 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.

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 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) Universalmore
Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Best, Danny McBride
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2011
Box Office: $21.6M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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 Mast...
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...
Danny McBride
as Thadeous
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Critic Reviews for Your Highness

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (35)

The best way to characterize the film is to call it juvenile, although one has to wonder what juvenile could dream up something this vile and deranged.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

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
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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


Fun jousting and jesting with the popular sword and sorcery quest motif, with plenty of made for DVD (press "replay topless babes") moments. Bong and box of kleenex optional. And its better than its obvious stoner-and-proud roots imply.

Kevin M. Williams

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

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