|Your Highness is a 2011 American fantasy lowbrow comedy film from director David Gordon Green of the stoner film action comedy Pineapple Express, starring Pineapple leads Danny McBride and James Franco, with Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. Written by McBride and Ben Best, the film was released on April 8, 2011. The film was unsuccessful at the box office, grossing $26 million worldwide on a budget of $50 million.
It is a blend of genres with the sword and sorcery quest adventure combined with stoner film profanity and lowbrow humor.
Thadeous and Fabious (Danny McBride and James Franco) are sons of King Tallious (Charles Dance). They are warriors: Fabious is dashing and skilled and Thadeous is lazy and ineffectual. While celebrating his latest victory over the evil sorcerer, Leezar (Justin Theroux), who has been ravaging Tallious’s kingdom, Fabious introduces the virgin Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) he freed from a tower and wishes to marry her. Though he is made the best man, Thadeous skips the wedding after overhearing Fabious’s Knights Elite, led by Boremont (Damian Lewis), talk about him negatively. But the wedding is then crashed by Leezar, revealing himself to be the one who placed Belladona in the tower before spiriting her away. Returning to the castle with his servant Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker), Thadeous is forced into joining Fabious on his quest to rescue Belladonna.
Visiting the Great Wise Wizard, Thadeous and Fabious learn that Leezar is attempting to fulfill a prophecy of a warlock having sex with a maiden when the two moons converge, impregnating her with a dragon that will allow him to take over King Tallious’ kingdom. To destroy Leezar, they are given a magic compass that would lead them to the Blade of Unicorn, located within a labyrinth. On the way there, they learn Fabious’s slave, Julie (Toby Jones) has been reporting to Leezar of their progress, and the Knights Elite are serving the warlock. After his brother sends his mechanical bird Simon to tell the king of the betrayal by the Knights Elite and request reinforcements, Thadeous, Fabious and Courtney are captured by nymphs under their leader, Marteetee (John Fricker), who imprisons them at an arena where Fabious kills off Marteetee’s finest warrior. In retaliation, Marteetee summons his hydra-like familiar spirit to kill them.
Thadeous and Fabious are rescued by Isabel (Natalie Portman), a warrior seeking revenge for her father’s murder at Marteetee’s hands. Later that night, Thadeous learns that Isabel is also after Leezar for the slaughter of her brothers. The next day, the party learn too late that Isabel stole the compass from Thadeous. Fabious decides to find the Blade of Unicorn alone as Thadeous and Courtney go to a tavern, where they find Isabel and steal the compass back. But finding that his brother has been captured by Leezar’s men, Thadeous wins Isabel over as they join forces, entering the labyrinth where they encounter a minotaur. Getting separated from the others, Thadeous retrieves the Blade of Unicorn and slays the minotaur. Thadeous and his group make their way to Leezar’s castle and free Fabious while giving him the Sword of Unicorn. As the others kill off Julie and Boremont’s men along with Leezar’s mothers, Fabious uses the Blade of Unicorn to end Leezar’s life before he can rape Belladonna, saving the kingdom.
After their victory, Isabel goes on another quest, and the heroes return home. Fabious and Belladonna marry. Thadeous is approached by Isabel, who reveals that she has fallen in love with him. However, for them to have sex, he must first slay the witch that cast a spell on her, locking her in a chastity belt. Though he is not in the mood to go out, Isabel’s suggestion convinces him to go on a new adventure.