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MOVIE REVIEW: Your Highness

Stars James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, and Danny McBride

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  • (L-R) James Franco as Fabious and Danny McBride as Thadeous in " Your Highness."
  • Natalie Portman as Isabel in "Your Highness."
  • Justin Theroux as Leezar in "Your Highness."
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You have to be high to laugh at this garbage. Either that, or be at an age where you wouldn’t be allowed in to an R rated movie (and this is a hardcore R).

I just can’t imagine how this script made its way into Oscar nominees Franco and Oscar winner Natalie Portman – and they said “Yes, we have to do this picture.” Franco did Pineapple Express with Danny McBride, but still. Pineapple Express was also directed by someone McBride often works with, David Gordon Green, who directed this (I loved his dark Snow Angels from 2007).

Now Zooey Deschanel, who gets to sing, has done her share of bad films. And when she’s not making movies, she’s touring as part of She and Him. I can give her a pass. McBride, who co-wrote this script, can be funny on screen. His one scene in Due Date was hysterical. He was good in Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express.

Simply going into Medieval times using modern language (i.e. "fuck"), can work for 10 minutes, not two hours.

It can be fun to watch Franco acting goofy, as the successful and appropriately named Fabious; and watching McBride pout as the brother that’s the black sheep of the family (who gets high and chases sheep). Again, this gets old quick when you don’t have strong material.

If you love silly comedies – perhaps you should give the movie a shot. Everyone else should avoid it.

I’m giving it an F.