PLOT SUMMARY: Younger brother prince is a jealous dickhead. He needs a coming-of-age story to turn him into proper royalty.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Brother’s jealousy drives him to heroism.
Starring Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way, Up In The Air, Fanboys, Superbad, Observe And Report, Land Of The Lost, Due Date, Despicable Me), who’s funniness level tends to vary; he’s never quite been as funny as he was as the star of The Foot Fist Way. Also starring James Franco (127 Hours, The Green Hornet, Harry Osborn from the Spider-Man movies), Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel. Rasmus Hardiker, who plays the wussy male character Courtney — is in that awful CGI-using British sketch comedy show The Wrong Door.
If you thought that Toby Jones looked familiar playing the diminutive Julie character — it’s because he was Dobby from Harry Potter (as well as a bursar in St. Trinian’s 1-2, and Karl Rove in W.)
VISUALS: Zooey Deschanel in bondage? Check.
GOOD STUFF: A nice mix of raunchy, irreverent comedy, mixed with fantasy questing.
BAD STUFF: Could have been funnier. A lot of the dialog was improvised, which explains why some of the jokes didn’t pack as much of a punch as they could have.
CONCLUSION: While a lot of people hated this movie, we liked it — just not a lot. It was a passable night’s entertainment for 2 people who were too tired to do anything else, and not energetic enough to sit through a “real” movie.
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.8/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.5/5 stars–whoa there, it wasn’t THAT funny!).
RECOMMENDATION: For the low-grade comedy lover who just wants to laugh a bit on some dead, tired, uneventful evening.
Leezar: I’m here to steal a beautiful virgin that looks just. Like. Her.
Fabious: And how do you plan to do that?
Leezar: Magic. [cracks neck] Motherfucker. (more…)