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Your Highness

Your Highness
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Gordon Green
Produced by Scott Stuber
Written by
Starring
Narrated by Charles Shaughnessy
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography Tim Orr
Edited by Craig Alpert
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 8, 2011 (2011-04-08)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[2]
Box office $28 million[3]

Your Highness is a 2011 American fantasy stoner comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, and stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Justin Theroux. Written by McBride and Ben Best, the film was released on April 8, 2011.[4]

The film received generally negative reviews by critics and grossed slightly less than half its $50 million budget.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Marketing 4
  • Reception 5
    • Box office 5.1
    • Critical reception 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

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 eunuch 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. 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. The brothers 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 steals the compass from Thadeous. Fabious, finally angered by his brother's selfishness, 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, to prevent him from raping Belladonna.

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.

Cast

Production

Filming began in the summer of 2009 in Northern Ireland and concluded in October 2009.[5]

Marketing

A red-band trailer was released on IGN and Funny or Die.[6] On December 21, 2010, a green-band trailer was released online,[7] and shown before screenings of Little Fockers and The Dilemma.

On March 23, 2011, a second red-band trailer was released.[8]

Reception

Box office

Your Highness opened on April 8, 2011 in 2,772 theaters nationwide and made $9,360,020 in its opening weekend, ranking number six in the domestic box office. By the end of its run, the film had grossed $21,596,445 in the United States and Canada and $6,417,288 overseas for a worldwide total of $28,013,733.[3]

Critical reception

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."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 31 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[10]

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."[11] Entertainment Weekly gave it a C+, with Natalie Portman favorably reviewed as "fierce and funny as a babe warrior...good with dirty words".[12] 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".[13]

David Edelstein of the New York magazine gave a favorable review, describing the film as "a cunning weave of low and high".[14] 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.[15] 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."[16]

For his performance in the film, James Franco received a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor, but lost to Al Pacino for his work in Jack and Jill.[17]

James Franco would later make light of the film's poor reception during his Comedy Central Roast, saying “I agreed to do this roast because I wanted to do something I’ve never done before — something that has zero artistic value, something nobody will remember three months from now, something that’s offensive, homophobic and stars horrifically untalented people and something that’s only a big deal to a handful of teenage stoners on Twitter. You might say, ‘James, didn’t you just describe Your Highness?' I wouldn’t know I didn’t see Your Highness.”[18] On his first-ever interview on The Howard Stern Show to promote Spring Breakers in 2013, Franco was surprised to hear Stern compliment Your Highness, asking incredulously "you liked that?" He attributed the film's lackluster performance to its "tricky" blend of low brow humor and medieval swords and sorcerors, a combination that hadn't worked well since Monty Python and the Holy Grail.[19][20]

References

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  4. ^ Your HighnessRelease dates for . IMDb. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  5. ^ How Danny McBride will tweak fantasy in Your Highness, with Natalie Portman. Blastr. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
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  17. ^ http://www.razzies.com/history/2011-worst-supporting-actor.asp
  18. ^ http://www.ew.com/article/2013/08/26/james-francos-comedy-central-roast-jokes
  19. ^ http://www.marksfriggin.com/news13/3-25.htm#mon
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSf7BnkKfVU

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