Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to …
User Reviews: I don’t understand why critics are hating Your Highness so much. "Eastbound & Down", "Footfist Way," "Pineapple Express", etc. all got good reviews, as far as I understand, and this film is like all of those, except much funnier in some cases! Honestly, the only reason I was worried about seeing Your Highness was b/c I had DISLIKED Pineapple Express and Observe and Report so much. This film is far better and certain David Gordon Green’s best comedy to date. Pineapple Express was one long joke about being stoned. The main character in Observe and Report seemed to have been written for McBride but played by the overrated Seth Rogen. I mean if you like Kenny Powers or Fred Simmons, I don’t understand why you would dislike McBride’s Thadeous. He is just as funny as any character McBride has ever played. He’s got the same party mentality as Kenny, the same overblown pride fullness as Fred, just all done up with a British accent. Yet, somehow critics are attacking McBride for his portrayal! People say the opening gag fell flat on its face and that the movie just got worse from there. Honestly, I was rolling during the opening scene. It was completely absurd, reminding me of something out of Monty Python. And from there on I laughed my way until the credits. Yes, there’s a lot of potty mouth humor, drug references, etc. But that is McBride’s brand of humor. Everyone whose a fan knew that going in. I don’t understand why people are acting like that’s such a shocker when they’ve seen all his other work. To me this just really isn’t a step down from Eastbound or Footfist, and is certainly a step UP for Green (at least regarding comedies), who is a fine director and who I am not intending to criticize. If you like everything else these guys have done, go see it. Funniest movie you’ll see all year. 9/10.