I have a theory that McBride is best taken in small doses, which is why his HBO half-hour series, "Eastbound & Down," is hilarious, and why "Your Highness" feels like a task. "Eastbound" also tells an actual story with characters that are well-developed among the explicit situations; with "Highness," I didn't laugh once — and that's even in watching the DVD's unrated version, which adds three minutes of potential.
In support of McBride's spoiled, lazy character are James Franco and Natalie Portman, who should be embarrassed. Only Justin Theroux ("Zoolander"), as the piece's sorcerer villain, squeezes any juice out of what he's given, but he’s not enough to save this royal mess. —Rod Lott