Co-writer and star Danny McBride misses the mark with this comedy/adventure. What should have been a fantasy with a bit of bawdy fun thrown in, is instead, vulgar and unfocused with very little actual humor.
McBride plays the lead, Prince Thadeous, a lazy, mean coward. He lays about half-drunk, half-high and all gross. He's jealous of older brother and heir to the thrown, Prince Fabious (James Franco). Fabious comes home to a hero's welcome with the head of a Cyclops and a new bride-to-be Belladonna (Zooey Daschanel - looking lost and confused throughout).
The evil Sorcerer Leezar (Justin Theroux) swoops in during the wedding ceremony and takes off with the bride before they can even say their "I dos". He takes her to his foreboding castle deep in the woods, and the brothers take off, swords in hand, to get her back.
Fabious is up to the task, but Thadeous is sour and complaining the whole way. That is, until they meet up with the beautiful and spunky warrior Isabel (Natalie Portman), who also wants to kill Leezar for her own reasons. They join forces and encounter all kinds of deadly creatures and betrayers on their quest.
Sounds like it could have an entertaining bit of fun - right? Well, it starts out with a possible hanging and dissolves into one gross scene after another. The vulgarities are unending and the sexual references are juvenile and plentiful. Director David Gordon Green has a crass loser on his hands.