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Your Highness Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

Your Dumbness Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

Charmingly lowbrow with a chain mail flavor. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    31

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    There is little worse in the movie world than a spoof that falls flat on its over-costumed butt, but that's what you get with Your Highness.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Misguided raunchfest.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Natalie Portman, by the way, is fierce and funny as a babe warrior the brothers meet along the way. She's good with dirty words, too.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Most of the humor in Your Highness is obvious, tepid, and often crude. There are some amusing one-liners but the majority of the comedy makes one realize how brilliant "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Ridiculous fantasy comedy is more crass, violent than funny.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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.

  • rolemodels true0

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

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: 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.

  • sex false4

    Sex: 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.

  • language false5

    Language: 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.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and 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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