Your Highness

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Ridiculous fantasy comedy is more crass, violent than funny.
  • R
  • 2011
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

If there’s a message here, it’s that siblings who might seem as though they have nothing in common can, if given the chance (or a quest), reconnect. But apparently they need to do lots of raunchy stuff and kill men and monsters alike in bloody battles before they find common ground.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though he’s unmotivated, crass, and unhelpful, Thadeous is devoted to his brother.


Creatures are beheaded and shot with arrows, struck by electric currents, pummeled into a pulp, clubbed into submission, gored, speared, and more. Some of the battles get pretty gory; you name the torture, they show it -- though it's all played for laughs, of course. There’s also a joke about being molested.


Pick a scene, any scene, and there’s likely to be a sex joke in it. Bare-breasted women are shown, and a woman’s backside is shown as she dives into a lake. Tons of references to sex of all kinds. A minotaur, with his genitals visible, humps a man; later, another character cuts off the creature's member and wears it around his neck.


Profanity galore: “F--k," "s--t," "whore,” “slut,” “piss,” "prick," "t-ts," "ass," "hell," "damn," “d--k,” "goddamn," and "c--k" are all here, and many other combinations thereof.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Princes and creatures smoke what appears to be weed or some sort of hallucinogenic. Also some drinking during revelries and celebrations.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this wildly profane, over-the-top medieval fantasy adventure from the director of Pineapple Express has two stars who are likely to appeal to teens: James Franco and Natalie Portman. But this is a raunchy, "hard R" comedy that isn't age appropriate for younger viewers. It's filled with vulgar jokes and cursing ("f--k," "s--t," and more), and there are tons of references to sex, as well as some nudity (breasts, a woman's bottom), drug use, and drinking. And there's plenty of violence -- in the form of sword-fighting, gory battles, torturous creature deaths, and fight scenes -- too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHollie R. August 12, 2017

Rape TW and terrible accents

I really like these actors but this was really poor. Full of pointless swearing, the accents were so bad which made it hard to watch. The story was ok, as was t... Continue reading
Adult Written byJulia from Sweden November 17, 2011

Weird, very weird. Occasionally funny.

Occasionally funny, but unless you want so see (or hear) good actors make fools of themselves (and sever penises) this is not for you.

American pie meets monty... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn December 20, 2011

Cheerless, jokeless fantasy/comedy wannabe is not for anyone

David Gordon Green recent made another comedy which came out last Friday entitled The Sitter, starring Jonah Hill. It was brutally panned by critics and flopped... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byThePlatinumKnight December 31, 2013

Funny, but not good for teens

Although it had some funny rude humor, it probably isn't all that good for kids, with nudity, graphic violence, strong language, I don't know why you... Continue reading

What's the story?

Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride) is sick and tired of watching his brother, Fabious (James Franco), reap the accolades time and again. Fabious is a brave, strong, swashbuckling warrior, while Thadeous is content to malinger, bed women (or try to), drink too much, and get into trouble. When the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux) steals Fabious’ new beloved, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), and attacks their kingdom, the king (Charles Dance) orders Thadeous to join his brother on a journey to avenge their losses, defend their land, and free Belladonna. But Thadeous isn't quite sure he’s up to the task. And is the mysterious Isabel (Natalie Portman), who gets him and his brother out of a bind, friend or foe?

Is it any good?

YOUR HIGHNESS is so ridiculous, so silly, so trying too hard that it’s not even so-bad-it’s-genius good. That’s not to say it’s completely unfunny. Some scenes are so bizarre -- Portman battling a monster surrogate for a villain’s hand (confused yet?), for example -- that you just have to laugh out loud. Still, most of the laughs that Your Highness elicits are chuckles that say, “Finally, something genuinely funny! I’m so relieved, so here you go.”

You can tell that the filmmakers meant well, but, honestly, despite the entertaining special effects, the whiz-bang fight scenes, and the sweet presence of Deschanel, this movie’s a mess. McBride isn’t all that funny; Franco’s better, but only just; and Portman’s fine -- but it's an earnest fine, as if she doesn’t belong at all. A send-up of the fantasy genre is a brilliant idea, when it's executed correctly. This one gets it half-right at best.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's style of humor. It's clearly meant to be over the top -- what's the appeal of that kind of comedy?

  • Would the movie be as funny without all of the sex, swearing, and violence?

  • How does this movie compare to other fantasy adventures? Would it work as a straight fantasy, without the crude humor? Why or why not?

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