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DVD Reviews

August 11, 2011

By Jared Curtis

'Your Highness'

Directed by David Gordon Green

Rated R, 102 minutes

If you're a fan of mystical, marijuana-influenced fantasy films starring Danny McBride, then end your quest with "Your Highness." If not, you'll probably stare blankly at the screen. The film should have performed much better at the box office than it did, but a large number of audience members didn't buy into the concept of "stoned journey of epic proportions." If this sounds like a film to see, sit back and enjoy the quest taken by Thadeous (McBride) and Fabious (James Franco) as they chase down the evil Leezar (Justin Theroux) who has kidnapped Fabious' bride-to-be (Zooey Deschanel). Along the way, the brothers cross paths with a woodland warrior (Natalie Portman), and together they set out to destroy the evil wizard. Featuring plenty of laughs, action and Minotaur genitalia, "Your Highness" is definitely one of the weirder films of year, but it's an experience like no other. CV

'The Foot Fist Way'

Directed by Jody Hill

2006, Rated R, 85 minutes

We should all thank the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for ripening the creative force behind "Eastbound and Down," as creators Jody Hill, Ben Best and Danny McBride met there and conjured up the film that started it all — "The Foot Fist Way." McBride unleashes early glimpses of Kenny Powers with his role of a Tae Kwon Do-teaching asshole named Fred Simmons. Simmons spends most of his days arguing with his wife (Mary Jane Bostic) and worshipping his hero, Chuck "The Truck" Wallace (Best). When he finally meets Wallace, the two hit it off and Wallace agrees to perform a demonstration for the class. But after Simmons finds his wife and his hero in a compromising situation, ass needs to be kicked. If you're a fan of the ridiculously funny "Eastbound and Down," you owe it to yourself to experience "The Foot Fist Way." CV

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