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Your Highness

Ridiculous fantasy comedy is more crass, violent than funny.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 8, 2011
DVD/Streaming release date:August 9, 2011
Cast:Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman
Director:David Gordon Green
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use

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Parent of a 12 year old Written bycolten97 May 12, 2011
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.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byLilWayneisawsome July 11, 2011

Your highness

This movie was pretty funny but evrey funny thing about had to do with sex some nudity and tons of viloence.
What other families should know
Too much sex
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 at the box office. Now, if you can remember from my review of that movie which I did a little earlier, you would recall that I actually liked it and thought it was funny, despite going off course every one and a while. Well, meet David Gordon Green earlier movie which came before the sitter, and was the first of the two new comedies thsat he has already directed this year, Your Highness. So, how is it? Awful. Just, absolutely, awful. there is not a single joke in here that works. Wait! Let me rephrase that: When they even try to make a joke, it doesn't work. No. I am totally serious. About half of the movie doesn't event try to make jokes, and actually plays the raunchy fantasy action\comedy straight for fun. Well, I hate to disappoint them, but it just didn't work for me at all. At least Gordon Greens The Sitter worked decently enough and actually supplied a few laughs hear and there. But,in your Highness, there is not a single smile to be had here. It is just an absolute comedy, and movie, dead zone. So, with the R Rating very much in hand, it is also very much well deserved: There is non-stop, extremely explicit and crude sexual humor including plenty of explicit bodily function jokes, nudity, implied masturbation, rape, sex and dismemberment of a certain creatures delicate body parts (That's all I am saying). Also, there is equally explicit fantasy violence with buckets upon buckets of blood and gore, but usually in a comic setting. Also, there is frequent drug use in the form of pot smoking and hallucinations. Finally, there is frequent strong profanity with at least 42 F-words and its derivatives, with about the equal amount of that in other assorted profanities. So, if you value your sense of humor and love of comedies, please, for the love of god, people,, skip this. Honestly, got watch the sitter, instead. At least that movie made me laugh.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking