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Your Highness

A movie directed by David Gordon Green

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Your Highness Goes Low

  • Apr 8, 2011
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If you go into Your Highness thinking of it as lesson in modern-day cinema, you’ll leave with these three conclusions: 1) Danny McBride is still not much of a screenwriter 2) David Gordon Green still hasn’t found is stride directing “action comedies” and 3) Justin Theroux is an incredibly underrated comedic actor. It was evident that he (Theroux) could pen a script or two based off the success of Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2, but who would have thought he would have had the standout performance of a movie starring James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel? In fact, I was so intrigued by his turn as the “evil nineteen-year-old virgin sorcerer,” Leezar, that I found myself bored when he wasn’t in a scene (that previous statement doesn’t include the scenes where Natalie Portman graced us with her flawless presence).
Okay, so maybe you’ll leave with a 4th conclusion: 2011 is the year of Natalie Portman (not that I’m complaining), but you’ll find yourself asking what a girl of her caliber is doing in a movie like Your Highness? She probably just wanted an “in between” movie that wasn’t going to demand too much acting, or possibly wanted to flex her “comedic muscle,” so to speak. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. It’s supposed to be a “non-thinking man’s” nonsensical, irreverent romp. However, whatever happened to GOOD comedies that had both comedic style, substance, AND a clever, well-written story? Not just a few mildly amusing one-liners, some recycled physical comedy, and a story that tries too hard to pay homage earlier fantasy epics (and failing miserably, might I add).  
Similar to Monty Python’s send-ups of fairy tales in The Holy Grail, the writing team of Danny McBride and Ben Best (best known for their collaboration on East Bound and Down) make a rather pedestrian attempt. Nonetheless, the story is far from the groundbreaking (for lack of a better cliché word) Holy Grail. It has the expected handsome prince (James Franco) trying to rescue the damsel in distress (Zooey Deschanel) and make her his bride. Unfortunately, he finds the mission to be ironically unfeasible without the help of his lazy and unwilling brother (Danny McBride).  Here the comedy ensues…sort of. Most of the humor entails jokes of masturbation, castration, and the occasional “motherf*cker” as the punchline, but that all goes without saying. What else would you expect from the director of Pineapple Express and the writers of East Bound and Down?
I don’t feel the need to break down the entire story, because from the trailer, it’s easy to see how the plot will unfold, and I don’t feel it is worthy of an intelligent critique. Aside from that, if you’re going to see this movie, I doubt that you’re paying $16 at The Arclight for your ticket because “the story looks interesting.” You’re probably going because you want to see some familiar faces, and quite possibly have a few laughs. I will let you know, despite being called Your Highness and what the billboards suggest, this is very much not a “stoner comedy.” Sure Danny McBride and James Franco smoke an unknown substance with a CGI Wizard pedophile, but that’s about the extent of it. So potheads, put your $16 together, buy some Kush, pull out your old Super Nintendo, and play “Final Fantasy III.” Believe me, you’ll have a better evening.
To sum it all up, Your Highness plays out more like a campy special effects driven “Funny Or Die” sketch, where the most of the actors appear as if they are just having fun playing dress up in front of the camera, nearly breaking down the fourth wall, than actually making a believable performance. Which is a shame, because it could have been great, if it were in the right hands. Plain and simple, it really does nothing new for the comedy genre. It’s predictable, and most of all, painfully unfunny. At least this was a chance for some supporting characters to show off their talents, such as Rasmus Hardiker (who played Courtney), and again, Justin Theroux, but they could only do so much with what they were given to work with.
I give it 1.5/4 stars (only because there were a few subtle Zelda references).
Or if my friends are reading this, I give it 2 out of 6 abs.

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April 08, 2011
2 out of 6 abs? How did you come up with that rating system? And 'tis such a shame to hear about this given the cast!
April 08, 2011
It's an inside joke between my friends and I. They created a 'fan-page' for my abs, and make jokes about them such as "Ryan's abs are now a movie critic and they give [insert movie] 4/6 abs! (six pack). I figured they would have a laugh if I added that to my review.
April 08, 2011
Hahaha, that's awesome! Also awesome that you have a six pack. I'm working on mine :P
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review by . April 07, 2011
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Quick Tip by . December 20, 2011
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review by . April 11, 2011
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Your Highness is an upcoming fantasy comedy film set to be released April 8, 2011. Filming began in the summer of 2009 in Northern Ireland, and concluded in October 2009.
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Director: David Gordon Green
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Release Date: 8 April 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ben Best, Danny McBride
Runtime: 102 min
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