Your Highness

Release Date: April 8, 2011

We'll be happy to call her 'your majesty'.

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36/171 Max Braden It's like one sketch after another as an excuse for dirty dialogue, and that's just fine with me.

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The director of the Pineapple Express reteams with two of its stars, Danny McBride and James Franco, for the comedy Your Highness. However, this film is not about some lazy pot smokers on the run from murderous drug dealers, this is, believe it or not, a fantasy.

McBride and Franco star as brothers and princes. One plays a deadbeat, lazy, drunken sloth, while the other is an icon in the kingdom and deemed perfect by all of his worshipers. You can probably guess which actor will be in each role. James Franco is Fabious, the heir apparent and perfect prince. When his fiancée, played by Zooey Deschanel, is kidnapped by a wizard, the king offers his useless son, Thadeous, the ultimatum of helping his brother rescue the fair maiden or be cut off from the Royal inheritance. Not willing to lose out on all the free booze and women that his status as a prince offers, Thadeous reluctantly agrees. I’m sure various shenanigans and pratfalls will follow at the expense of McBride’s portly character.

Two other interesting cast members are Charles Dance and Natalie Portman. One is a highly underrated actor who I thought was brilliant in Alien 3 and as a villain in Last Action Hero, while the other is just super hot. Portman plays Isabel, an elusive warrior who joins the two princes on their quest. Since Franco’s character is searching for his fiancée, I fear that Padme Amidala may be the love interest for McBride. If there are any make out scenes between the two, I may be sick.

Expect to see several CGI creatures employed for the film considering its fantasy theme. One can only hope that there is more effort put into their realism then in McBride’s cheap looking Land of the Lost.

The concept does sound sort of idiotic, but I see potential for it to actually sneak up on the viewer and be entertaining if the director can manage to avoid lame jokes and production values. (Ryan O'Neill/BOP)

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Main Cast Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman
Supporting Cast Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Toby Jones
Director David Gordon Green
Screenwriter Danny McBride, Ben Best
Distributor Universal Pictures
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Rating R
Running Time 102 minutes
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