Another great week last week at the movies: an action thriller that blows you away, a comedy that proves weed and dick jokes aren't always funny in every setting, and a horror flick that doesn't suck!
***1/2 stars out of ****
Fair warning: if you think weed and dick jokes are crude and unfunny ways to get laughs out of an audience, then you won't like Your Highness, a parody of the epic fantasy quest that's filled to the brim with weed and dick jokes, with the f-bomb thrown out there in nearly every fucking sentence. Danny McBride, who plays the demented and wildly funny Kenny Powers on the HBO series Eastbound and Down, plays Thadeous, a stoner prince with two ambitions: get blazed and chase pussy, be it tall or small - literally, the opening scene has him in hot water with the midget kingdom for banging the king's daughter - while his brother Fabious (James Franco) slays dragons and goes on various quests. Thadeous has one more chance to prove he's worth a damn to his father king by going on a quest with his brother to save his the princess Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from a dark wizard (Justin Theroux) obsessed with fucking a virgin and watching a dragon come out of her vagina (No, i'm not making that up) to control and bring the kingdom to its knees. Can Thadeous retrieve a mythical blade that can destroy this evil baddie and win the heart of a beautiful warrior (Oscar-winner Natalie Portman) with a love of fighting and taking dips into a pool in a thong (Yes, that actually happens)? Not going to say anymore, except that Your Highness tries too hard to be a spoof of the fantasy quest, but it ends up being a kind of Monty Python skit, filled with blue humor and weed, which is a shame because director David Gordon Green made a hysterical comedy in 2008 called Pineapple Express, about stoners in over their heads trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys., and it was insanely brilliant; probably the best stoner comedy since Joel and Ethan Coen trotted out The Big Lebowski in '98. His latest effort just a swing and a miss.
** stars out of ****
*** stars out of ****