Medieval stoner comedy from the director of Pineapple Express with Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) as an arrogant, lazy prince and James Franco as his heroic brother. Also stars maidens Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel.
BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
The assorted scuzzy pleasures offered by this doggedly low brow comedy don’t add up to a heck of a lot, but it still manages to elicit a respectable number of chuckles.... More
Pineapple Express collaborators David Gordon Green, James Franco and Danny McBride (who co-wrote the screenplay with his Eastbound & Down co-writer Ben Best), clearly watched The Princess Bride one day, and decided there weren’t enough dick jokes and F-bombs.
That seems to be the thinking behind this phallic, F-word-filled folly, which mines most of its humour from locating McBride’s trademark offensive slob stylings in a medieval setting. So how much you enjoy this will depend on your tolerance/affection for his particular schtick. I happen to be a big fan, but even I was tiring slightly of the film by the time the finale rolled around.
The co-stars are all very game - Franco’s perfectly pompous and Natalie Portman’s pointedly perky while Justin Theroux (Louis’ cousin!) sinks his teeth into his villainous turn as a lecherous wizard.
The special effects and action set-pieces are mostly decent, but prepare yourself for the sight of a Minotaur raping McBride’s put-upon man-servant Courtney. It’s that kind of movie.
Less of a stoner comedy than the title and marketing suggested, but still impressively committed to being as offensive as possible, I found myself appreciating the depths this was willing to plumb.Hide
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BY morgana1972 superstar
You need to be between 18 & 25 to appreciate this movie & also have a sick sense of humor (I do) or you wont want to watch this movie after the first ten minutes. I think its a throwback at an atempt at a Monty Python classic type feel (fail) in my view.
BY daveyboy lister
I had huge hopes for this movie after watching the hilarious trailer.
It seemed off and didn't offer up anything better than what you see in the trailer.
The sets, costume and special effects were all outstanding - pitty the character and dialogue didn't match.
They obviously relied very heavily on the success of Pineapple Express - only difference is, that was a great movie.
It's no wonder this movie had done so terrible at the box office.
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