‘Your Highness’ Red Band Trailer Packs A Hilarious Punch

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Your Highness trailer Your Highness Red Band Trailer Packs A Hilarious Punch

It has been a while since we’ve heard from the R-rated period piece/action comedy Your Highness.

Finally, a trailer has dropped for the ensemble comedy that feels like a perfect mashup of Pineapple Express andRobin Hood: Men In Tights.

The trailer has everything you could imagine in a movie like Your Highness. The cast is truly inspired – James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel should make for quite a team. Most importantly, shoving crude and contemporary humor into a period piece is something I’ve never seen before.

Sure, we saw childish humor in Robin Hood: Men in Tights and there’s plenty of modern comedy in Monty Python and the Holy Grail – but the level of vulgarity in this trailer is enough to suggest director David Gordon Green could care less about accuracy. For once, apathy may pay off.

The extended 3:30 trailer splits up the action and comedy right down the middle. The first half plays like a full trailer, showing some story and giving us a sense of each character’s purpose. The latter part is like an action sizzle reel, with CGI combat that rivals a Jerry Bruckheimer production.

Check out the restricted trailer below. The dialogue is definitely NSFW, but the rest is pretty safe:

It almost feels like a prequel to Pineapple Express, featuring the ancestors of Franco and McBride’s hilarious characters in the film. In fact, that would make a hell of a premise. While the inspirations for Your Highness are prevalent in the product itself, the movie feels original. It could be another successful R-rated comedy along the lines of The Hangover.

Regardless of future box office, the trailer is a promising first look. Franco’s ability to handle both serious as well as comedic roles is fascinating. He was flawless in his portrayal of Aron Ralston in 127 Hours. In fact, he should absolutely make the list of Oscar nominees. But Franco has given us some memorable comedic roles, like the drug dealer in Pineapple Express. It’s tough to tell from the trailer, but he seems to be the straight action hero in Your Highness.

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On the other hand, one of the funniest men in entertainment today is Danny McBride. Although his shtick may rub some people the wrong way, he is superb as Kenny Powers in HBO’s Eastbound & Down. His bad temper and sour language should play nicely in this type of genre-mashing film.

Of course, we should not forget the leading ladies of the movie – Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman are two of the most beloved women in Hollywood today. Deschanel’s character resembles Buttercup in The Princess Bride, while Portman seems more like a petite reincarnation of Xena: Warrior Princess.

I am excited to see where this movie goes thematically. Along with the films mentioned in this article, it has a weird Back to the Future vibe. Maybe it is the contemporary language used by the characters, but there’s something inexplicably cool about the trailer.

Your Highness smokes up theaters on April 8th, 2011.

Source: IGN

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  1. If it is anything at all like Pineapple Express… then they have my ticket. Far more excited for this than Green Lantern.

  2. this looks really funny. Natalie Portman is so gorgeous, Zooey Deschanel to a lesser extent as well

  3. Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco, and that other guy, whats not to love.

    i wasnt the biggest fan of Pineapple Express but this movie looks great.

    cant wait

  4. this looks hilariously awesome!

  5. I am glad I didn’t laugh too much at the trailer, it means they are saving the funny for the actual movie.

  6. Love this

  7. i like it when someone in hollywood gets a great cast together-and this is one of those..this looks like its going to be a hit next year-i just hope they didn’t spill all the jokes- like alot of previous parodies have.
    Danny McBride looks like he stole the whole BLACKADDER character including his sidekick for this film…And it WORKS!!

  8. This looks awesome….and Natalie down to her panties too…can’t wait!!

  9. This just went to my most anticipated movie.

  10. with magic ….mother f**ker hah awsome.

  11. I guess I have seen it all, theres no need to watch the movie!

    • Yup, the movie is 3 minutes long.

    • yup

  12. This looks really funny. I’m no fan of McBride, but the line “what if he Butt!%$#ed her” was probably the funniest thing I have heard him say on film to date.

    • dude check out east bound and down. i bet you after that youll like him every moment in that show is hilarious

      • I’ve seen bits and pieces of that, my buddies like it a lot. He’s just never been funny to me, but here he had me laughing more times that i care to admit.

  13. This had me roaring with laughter. I have to see this now.

  14. In the words of Keanu Reeves – whoah…

    As much as I loved Pineapple Express (I could not MOVE for laughing during that fight scene in the middle of the movie) I wasn’t expecting Your Highness to look that funny. But that trailer is fantastic – it looks like the movie strikes a great balance between vulgar but still genuinely funny humor with amazing action (and surprisingly well done special effects).

    Count me in for sure.

    • Ross, can you make sure you guys at SR let us kmow when/if this gets a wide theatrical release?

  15. i’m sold, looks hilarious, but the use of the song “warrior’s code” by the dropkick murphy’s is weird. I expected it to be in the trailer for “The Fighter” instead, considering the song is actually about the character marky mark plays.

    But none the less, this looks pretty good i hope it holds up to the trailer!

  16. Yup! Oh like this. This is what the first Dungeons and Dragons Film should have been….or at the very least thats how my D&D games ended up being..*wink*

    • quinch! So true!!! Especially my D&D games. :)

  17. Danny McBride? James Franco? Warriors Code by Dropkick Murphys? oh yes i will be attending

  18. I love it, the bad language ups the ante as well.

    “How are you going to do that”?

    “Magic……Mother F&^er!” lol

  19. Have to admit that was pretty funny. Now will an hour and a half of it be funny? That’s the question. 8)


    • I agree, it looks hysterical but so many movies do in the previews…A great cast to be sure and who doesn’t love medieval raunchy comedies?!
      PLEASE, let this be good!

      • There has not been a movie like this since History of the World Part 1 from Mel Brooks.

  20. Honestly… I didnt watch the trailer because I was not going to feed my birthday to the machine… so… that having been said and commentary thus far reviewed… I have a strange sense that they may have taken all the funniest parts in the movie and patched them into a laugh track… love to compare to market responses to both trailers really

    For the most part the release date will have a lot to do with the success of this one *as I see it* but more to the point people in my city are already commenting on it and saying that it is true to form in the way of the SCA tradition which tells me that the die hard fans of this genre will carry it on their shoulders because they know how bad humor was back in the day where you got very little exposure to professional comedy and authentic dramatic performances…

    Heck these folks would laugh at their feet hurting and their ears ringing from wearing a metal can on their head as a part of going into mock battle to fight men with swinging lumber …. what do you expect from luddites and pre-digital fans right??? Another shady review from yours truly… Hope it is a great film regardless of my luddite synopsis

    cheers on that grog!

  21. Actually Vic, its more like the bastard child of Pineapple Express & Willow (epic adventure with big scary monsters).

    And I haven’t been able to stop watching the trailer since the second it dropped. I happened to be on FB exactly when it was released.

  22. Had to stop watching half way through. I think they reveal too much. Still excited though.