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.

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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
R (for strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use)
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James Franco
as Fabious
Rasmus Hardiker
as Courtney
Toby Jones
as Julie
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
Zhaidarbek Junguzhinov
as Brother Mein
Nurlan Altayev
as Brother Mein
David Garrick
as Daronius the Swift
Brian Steele
as Minotaur Performer
Ben Willbond
as Ranger
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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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (37)

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
Top Critic

Dudes, we get it.

Full Review… | April 14, 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 12, 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
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Audience Reviews for Your Highness


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
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.
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
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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