A stoner-comedy set in medieval times, Your Highness is a random film that has a few laughs and a lot of crude moments. It's almost like the creative team said "wouldn't it be funny to throw in random jokes and stupid antics into a movie about heroic knights?" The answer: absolutely not!
Although it is a good spoof on almost every genre out there and there are entertaining bits, the storyline involving the medieval knights isn't entertaining enough to it carry all the way through. You either have to be high (hence the genre), or perhaps completely unconscious, to find this movie extremely amusing.
Thadeous (Danny McBride) is the laughing stock of the kingdom and doesn't hold a candle to his brother Fabious (James Franco), who has become a recognized and celebrated knight. Thadeious returns to the kingdom to see his father, but he doesn't get any respect or love from him. Soon after, Fabious arrives and gets all the attention. He also brings along a new bride, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel).
On their wedding night, Belladonna is taken by an evil wizard as part of a ritual that will produce a dragon once he has sex with Belladonna. Thadeous and Fabious are sent out on a quest to save her. On their journey, they encounter many different situations, including a purple octopus that does drugs and a band of naked women, set as a "booby trap" (get it?)
They also meet Isabel (Natalie Portman), a warrior who is on a mission herself, but saves the brothers multiple times along the way.
James Franco is his funny, charming self and he does a great job as the role of the hero. He banters well with McBride and can hold his own against his crude co-star. Danny McBride is also very funny in parts and has good comedic timing. Some of his stuff comes across a little forced and unnecessary, but overall he does a great job as the ne'er-do-well brother who can't seem to do anything right.
Rasmus Hardiker, who plays Thadious' court jester Courtney, garnered the most laughs out of anyone. He has some great lines and delivers them well. He's even hysterical when he's just making funny faces.
The entire story is a bit slow throughout. Although there are some modern jokes and references, the Dark Ages plot line really isn't enough to keep the film going. There is a particularly random part of the film that is strange - when Thadious and Fabious meet the strange man with the large monster hand, the battle goes on far too long and becomes quite uncomfortable.
All the funny parts are in the preview - the rest of the film is just random, mindless idiocy thrown together for no apparent reason. It could have been a much better stoner comedy if it included any sort of intelligent twists and turns.
The movie feels like it is something a couple of 10 year olds put together for their friends to look cool - fart jokes and grotesque descriptions of women - but nothing intelligent or even cleverly funny.
Overall, this is a teenage boy's dream - every crude and ridiculous thing mom's ever said not to do is presented in this film and they have permission to laugh at it all.