Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Gordon Green|
|Produced by||Scott Stuber|
|Written by||Danny McBride
|Narrated by||Charles Shaughnessy|
|Music by||Steve Jablonsky|
|Edited by||Craig Alpert|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
105 minutes (Extended cut)
|Box office||$24.9 million|
Your Highness is a 2011 American fantasy comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, with Justin Theroux, Toby Jones and Damian Lewis in supporting roles. Written by McBride and Ben Best, the film was released on April 8, 2011. It received mostly negative reviews by critics and grossed less than half its $50 million budget.
Thadeous and Fabious are sons of King Tallious in the Kingdom of Mourne. They are warriors: Fabious is dashing and skilled and Thadeous is lazy and ineffectual. While celebrating his latest victory over the evil sorcerer, Leezar, who has been ravaging Tallious's kingdom, Fabious introduces the virgin Belladonna whom he has freed from a tower and wishes to marry. Though his brother makes him the best man, Thadeous skips the wedding after overhearing Fabious's Knights Elite, led by Boremont, talk about him negatively. The wedding is then crashed by Leezar, who reveals himself to be the one who placed Belladonna in the tower. Leezar re-kidnaps her and flees. Returning to the castle with his servant Courtney, Thadeous is given an ultimatum: join Fabious on his quest to rescue Belladonna or be banished from Mourne.
Visiting the Great Wize Wizard, Thadeous and Fabious learn that Leezar is attempting to fulfill a prophecy of a warlock having sex with a maiden when the two moons converge, impregnating her with a dragon that will allow him to take over King Tallious's kingdom. To destroy Leezar, they are given a magic compass that will lead them to the Blade of Unicorn, located within a labyrinth. On the way there, they learn Fabious's slave, Julie, has been reporting to Leezar of their progress and that the Knights Elite are serving the warlock. Fabious sends his mechanical bird Simon to tell the king of the betrayal by the Knights Elite and request reinforcements. Then Thadeous, Fabious and Courtney are captured by nymphs under their leader, Marteetee, who imprisons them at an arena, where Fabious kills off Marteetee's finest warrior. In retaliation, Marteetee summons a hydra-like monster to kill them.
Thadeous and Fabious are rescued by Isabel, a warrior seeking revenge for her father's murder at Marteetee's hands. Later that night, Thadeous learns that Isabel is also after Leezar for the slaughter of her brothers. The next day, the party learns too late that Isabel has stolen the compass from Thadeous. Fabious decides to find the Blade of Unicorn alone as Thadeous and Courtney go to a tavern, where they find Isabel and steal the compass back. But finding that his brother has been captured by Leezar's men, Thadeous wins Isabel over as they join forces, entering the labyrinth where they encounter a minotaur. After becoming separated from the others, Thadeous retrieves the Blade of Unicorn and slays the minotaur. Thadeous and his group make their way to Leezar's castle and free Fabious, giving him the Sword of Unicorn. As the others kill off Julie, Boremont's men, and Leezar's three witches, Fabious impales Leezar with the Blade of Unicorn, before he can rape Belladonna, saving the kingdom.
After their victory, Isabel leaves for another quest and the heroes return home. Fabious and Belladonna marry, while Thadeous is approached by Isabel, who reveals that she has fallen in love with him. However, for them to have sex, he must first slay the witch who has cast a spell on her, locking her in a chastity belt. Though not in the mood to go out, Isabel's suggestion convinces him to go on a new adventure.
- Danny McBride as Prince Thadeous
- James Franco as Prince Fabious
- Rasmus Hardiker as Courtney
- Natalie Portman as Isabel
- Zooey Deschanel as Belladonna
- Justin Theroux as Leezar
- Toby Jones as Julie
- Damian Lewis as Boremont
- Simon Farnaby as Manious the Bold
- Deobia Oparei as Thundarian
- Charles Dance as King Tallious
- John Fricker as Marteetee
- Matyelok Gibbs as Helinda, one of Leezar's three Mothers
- Angela Pleasance as Sariah, one of Leezar's three Mothers
- Anna Barry as Marlyne, one of Leezar's three Mothers
- Charles Shaughnessy as Narrator / Soul of the Labyrinth
- Amii Grove as "Forest Woman"
On March 23, 2011, a second red-band trailer was released.
Your Highness received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 27%, based on 159 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "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." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 31 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Roger Ebert gave the film one star out of four, calling it "juvenile excrescence that feels like the work of 11-year-old boys in love with dungeons, dragons, warrior women, pot, boobs and four-letter words." Entertainment Weekly gave it a C+, with Natalie Portman favorably reviewed as "fierce and funny as a babe warrior...good with dirty words". The L.A. Times noted the "even but fun sword-and-sandals sendup...is at its best when it's at its silliest", while the lowbrow humor is "sometimes witless and sometimes winning comedy...begins with grade-school-level graffiti being scrawled across storybook pages and goes up and down from there. Still, the fun can be infectious...a farce within a farce...tawdry tale of the bothered and bewildered Kingdom of Mourne".
David Edelstein of the New York magazine gave a favorable review, describing the film as "a cunning weave of low and high". Yahoo! described the "Raunchy Sex Comedy Wrapped Up in a Noble Quest" as "overall, sets and scenery were fantastic and photography was incredible...a awesome, piece of foolishness wrapped up as a Period Piece...more in common with American Pie than it did to Lord of the Rings. Richard Corliss, who admired McBride's and Green's earlier work, said he felt a "kind of head-swiveling awe in Your Highness‘s concentration of aimless inanity, in the purity of its devotion to its own louche principles. Like members of some post-Dadaist collective, the filmmakers have dedicated themselves to memorializing every first, wrong impulse that popped into their heads, while ruthlessly excising any vestige of wit or narrative niceties as being too linear, dude."
In This is the End, when the ensemble cast, playing themselves (including Danny MacBride and James Franco themselves), made a parody of Pineapple Express, they started talking about making a sequel of their own movies. One of them suggestes Your Higness (making fun of it) by saying "How do we NOT do 'Your Highness 2?'"
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