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Your Highness [Blu-ray]
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140 of 157 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2011
How ... why ... who ... what...?

What just happened there?

Why am I laughing?

What, in the vernacular, the (...ahem) "heavens" was that?

Your Highness is wrong on so many levels. It ought to be a disaster. For reasons I can't fathom, it isn't. It is absurd, gratuitous, vulgar, childish, stupid and utterly incongruous. And I thought it was great.

Natalie Portman playing against Danny McBride: what kind of fevered imagination comes up with that sort of an idea? What sort of miracle worker makes it actually happen? What sort of genius makes it work?

And that's just the start: There are jarring conflicts everywhere you look. Animal husbandry: You may cross a horse with a donkey and get a mule, but some hybrids just don't go: You don't play a Black Swan against Kenny Powers. You don't cross The Princess Bride with Animal House. If you do, you sure as hell don't throw in Bad Taste for good measure. You don't blow millions on Industrial Light & Magic style digital effects one moment and then fill the screen with a cheap rubber alien wizard (a dope-smoking, kiddie-fiddling alien wizard at that) that looks like it came from a joke shop the next. You can't rely on non-expectant swearing and expect to get away with it. At least, not fifty times. But all in all, it seems to work.

Danny McBride - last seen heading Eastbound and Down, more or less reprises Kenny Powers, complete with mullet and goatee (no method actor, Mr McBride, I dare say), only here he is a useless younger prince in a mediaeval kingdom in a land far, far, far away. On a different planet, indeed: there is a twin moon, and it is important to the plot (I suppose you could call it a plot).

Unlike most mediaeval kingdoms this is one where everyone intones smutty innuendos with English accents that come and go like rotating speakers. Kenny - I mean, Thadeous - is more or less The Black Adder to Fabious' Prince Harry. Fabious (James Franco, swashing his buckles for all he is worth and for some reason channelling Steve Tyler from Aerosmith) has a whale of a time as a slightly dopey hunk. They are pitted against evil warlock Leezar (a superb Justin Theroux) a criminally under-explained villain who has bad teeth, worse hair, and who also has a whale of a time, vacillating between occult power and sexual impotence (there are knob jokes aplenty here). Theroux' delivery of his actually pretty ordinary material is spot on.

Along the way there are entirely gratuitous scenes of every dimension: sand-encrusted nude barbarian vixens in the thrall of a large fat pink sorcerer (John Fricker) in a nappy, in a Thunderdome. Much violence, and more gay innuendo. Did I mention there are lots of willie jokes? There are the occasional outrageous visual gags. There's a frisky minotaur. There is a scheduled coming together of the moons which will result in a rare event called ... - well, you'll just have to see it, because I don't want to spoil it. Totally immature, but still I just about wet myself.

Natalie Portman boxes on far more gamely than anyone has any right to expect a recently minted Oscar laureate to. I constantly found myself wondering what on earth had possessed her to sign up for this project - perhaps relaxation therapy after a long dose of Darren Aronofsky - but being eternally grateful that she had. She is a tremendous sport throughout, and my regard for her is undoubtedly enhanced.

I have complained in these pages about the reliance on rote, formula and technology in place of proper drama in modern motion pictures. No complaints on that score here: while there's absolutely no proper drama on speak of, you couldn't fault David Gordon Green and his team for showing a bit of spirit. Instead of a tightly followed plan, there's no plan at all (Do you think my methods are unsound? I don't see any method at all, sir).

But when the alternative that passes for comedy these days is Meet The Spartans and Red Riding Hood (At least, I can only assume that's intended to be a comedy) then this has to come well recommended.

Leave your maiden aunt, your kids and your critical faculties at home, come for a laugh and you'll have a blast.

Olly Buxton
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71 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
W.T.F. Why the hell are there so many bad reviews in here about this movie? This movie was hilarious! Think about it; Natalie Portman, a Minotaur raping a skinny little guy, a character created just so they can say "dick-less" servant, and a forest full of naked hotties are just a few elements of this film that make this a very good movie! If you had high hopes for this movie, then you're just not thinking right. That like grabbing a glass of 7-up and expecting water when you take a drink. I'm just saying.

Seriously though. Take it as it is. A fresh swing at a stoner type comedy. It isn't a re-make of any other movies, unlike a lot of the other movies on the shelves right now. You don't have to be high or drunk to enjoy it, although I'm sure it might enhance it. If this isn't your cup of tea, then chalk up your rental fee as a loss and STFU. As for the rest of us that liked it, I'm going to wait a couple months and watch it again and laugh my ass off...again. Btw, If Natalie Portman is reading this. "hi"
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
This movie reminds me of an online rpg; sword and sorcery setting (provided by the developers) mixed with very creative vulgarity (provided by a lot of the players). The attention to detail in the script and sets is extremely refreshing. I should think people with an uninhibited sense of humor will be laughing from start to finish. There are perhaps dozens of instant-classic lines and moments.
Those who don't like the idea of over-the-top adult themes mixed with their dungeons and dragons should steer well clear, because that's what this film offers in spades.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
So many reviews i've read say this movie is just stupid and pointless toilet humor. i say bull. it is freakin hilarious. since i've bought it i've watched it 7 times with different people, and every single one of them loved it too. is it the greatest comedy? no. is it funny? hell yes lol if you enjoy movies like pineapple express, waterboy, role models, etc. then you will love this movie. this is the funniest movie i've ever seen danny mcbride and james franco in. lol i highly recommend it. lol at the least, you'll walk away with many memorable quotes. lol but also watch the unrated version. the theatrical version may be why some hated it. definitely watch the unrated version.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
There is absolutely nothing of redeeming social value in this raunchy 2011 fantasy comedy, but there are some absurdly funny bits here and there to make it mildly infectious at times. Directed by David Gordon Green, who started in indie films (the acclaimed "George Washington") but last helmed the stoner farce Pineapple Express, the film relies heavily on scatological banter, lowbrow sight gags, and over-the-top CGI effects to punctuate the sophomoric screenplay by star Danny McBride and Ben Best. McBride stars as Prince Thadeous, the cowardly brother of the heroic Prince Fabious, who is about to marry the wide-eyed virgin Belladonna when lo and behold, the villainous wizard Leezar kidnaps her and traps her in a tower like Rapunzel.

Of course, that's the cue for Fabious to take Thadeous and his manservant Courtney to search for her with the aid of a band of knights who soon betray him. Although this is a medieval story with the appropriate sets and costumes, not much of the script is played to period. For the most part, the movie feels like a tribute to the likes of Mel Brooks, Cheech & Chong, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with the garrulous McBride conveying his character's oversized bravado with tongue firmly in cheek. Meanwhile, James Franco plays Fabious with his slightly askew, surfer-dude manner intact, while Zooey Deschanel plays Belladonna with only a modicum of her usually ironic delivery. As Leezar, Justin Theroux has a field day with the wizard's grandiose manner and lascivious intensity.

Rasmus Hardiker manages to give dimension to the seemingly enfeebled Courtney who inexplicably remains devoted to Thadeous despite the constant humiliation he experiences. Midway through the film enters Natalie Portman as Isabel, a merciless, Xena-like warrior who doesn't suffer fools gladly. Playing the polar opposite of her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan, she is convincing in her predictably cardboard role as a fiery avenger, whether thwacking the heads of a hydra in a Thunderdome-type arena or beating Thadeous up without breaking a sweat. Even with all the high-octane scares and thrills, the creators never forget to surrender to their more puerile instincts like the minotaur's legacy around Thadeous's neck. And yes, I laughed every time I saw it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2012
This is a new combo I've not seen before a stoner fantasy movie. Great idea, Danny Mcbride is the best. Perfect for Saturday afternoon with a fat sack. This is not a movie to be taken seriously so don't expect a lavish plot or deep characters. Nonetheless if the title made you interested then by all means buy it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
I enjoyed watching this movie it has plenty of laughs. As for all the bad reviews i dont really get it unless you just consider yourself an uber mature person (senior citizen) who will not subject yourself to this kind of comedy, if thats the case then stick to the history channel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
Cant explain it any better than the title. It showed up when it was supposed to and everything went smoothly. Awesome!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Granted this was the first movie I saw with my girlfriend in the theater so I may be biased (maybe not a great 1st movie to see with a girl you just started dating) but I like this movie. Having grown up in the `80's, I like fantasy art and film. This movie borrows from the best aspects of both of these and even has a Henson like muppet in a scene. The acting is hammy, but on purpose and the sets and costumes are over the top. The digital effects are well done as well as the sets and most of the production value on this movie Is really high and well designed. Maybe this movie isn't as funny as lots would have liked it to be, but I thought it was raunchy and clever. The fight scenes are cool, the location shoots look great and there is lots of hot female nudity. It's a shame this movie didn't do better since fantasy epics are so few and far between. If you like ad-libbed lines and stoner comedies and fantasy movies, then you should like this just fine. The negative reviews I really don't understand. I've been with my girlfriend for almost two years now and I've yet to hear her use a bad word and she didn't think this movie was too offensive or raunchy. Sure it's not family friendly, but most of the best movies aren't. This movie is great escapism.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2011
I'm very conservative and a mom, so for this movie I put all those thoughts aside and just enjoyed the film. I laughed my butt off! I would never go around swearing or doing crude things and I don't condone anyone who does...but this is a movie, and a dumb one at that. That's the point, its supposed to be dumb. I don't understand the bad reviews. If you know its going to be a disgusting movie based on other reviews, not to mention the rating advisory, then why give it a bad review for being disgusting?

I found myself chuckling for hours afterword. There is something about the way McBride says the F word (and he said it a lot) that makes me giggle every time. Portman was wonderful! She is so serious and believable, completely out of place with everyone else and yet it works so well. The special effects and action were actually great, much better then I expected. Not only is it funny but with all the action its not boring either. I have no idea how the cast made it though this one with a straight face. Too funny!
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