DVD: Your Highness (15)

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Danny McBride, one of the many corpulent, charmless, surreally unfunny US "comics" landing lead film roles at the moment (also see Kevin James, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill), stars in and wrote this woeful sword-and-sorcery spoof.

He plays a petulant, pervy medieval prince who is intensely jealous of his dashing, valiant brother (James Franco). However, along with his servant and a fragrant warrior princess (Natalie Portman), he discovers his pluck. Your Highness, a completely laugh-free experience, is grimly fascinating as you watch a succession of decent actors – Toby Jones, Damian Lewis, Zooey Deschanel – shame themselves. Presumably they were paid well.