Saturday, April 09, 2011

FILM REVIEW: Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman's "Your Highness"

In the Princess Bride-esque period comedy, James Franco and Danny McBride play royal brothers—Fabious, an honorable knight, and Thadeous, a pot-smoking fuck-up. (Guess which is which.) When Fabious's princess-bride-to-be Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) is kidnapped by the pathetic sorcerer Leezar (Justin Theroux), he asks Thadeous to join him on a quest to rescue her.  
Thadeous reluctantly obliges, out to prove he's just as honorable as his brother, and forces his servant Courtney (British newcomer Rasmus Hardiker) to accompany them. They later encounter Isabel (Natalie Portman), a fierce warrior, who wants to take down the sorcerer too.
During their journey, McBride reaches new levels of cowardice, Franco hams it up as the charming warrior, Hardiker gets summarily violated and habitually abused, and Portman showcases her rarely seen, tough-girl schtick, playing hard-to-get and out-maneuvering all the men.
From the red band trailer, I thought I got a pretty solid gauge of how funny and vulgar this film would be. I was wrong. From naked wood nymphs to creature masturbation to inter-species pedophilia to giant minotaur penis necklaces, there is nothing in the trailer that properly prepares you for this level of perverse immaturity. However, if you're a huge fan of "The Dick Joke," then you'll laugh your ass off. Pot lovers welcome.

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