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Half-Baked Prince

Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman get high on their own supply

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This stoner comedy – about two medieval princes on a quest to rescue a beautiful princess – would totally suck if Danny McBride and James Franco weren’t so amiable as the stoner pair and Zooey Deschanel didn’t make such a fetching princess. As it is, it just kinda sucks.

After Fabious’ (Franco) virginal bride-to-be (Deschanel) is snatched by an evil wizard, he and his slacker brother Thadeous (McBride) battle traitorous knights, a five-headed beast, and topless female warriors to get her back.

Crass, bloody, obvious, and occasionally funny, Your Highness plays more like a series of in-jokes than an actual story. (Indeed, the stars seem to be improvising most of their lines, and are having a way better time than you will.) Natalie Portman, as a kick-ass woman on a quest of her own, brightens up things a bit, but she’s a mere supporting player to all the dick and weed jokes. --Michael Gallucci

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