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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
Though he's unmotivated, crass, and unhelpful, Thadeous is devoted to his brother.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Princes and creatures smoke what appears to be weed or some sort of hallucinogenic. Also some drinking during revelries and celebrations.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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