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Jason Wallis Low-brow humor abounds in the anti-comedy ‘Your Highness’

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 8:17 am

Another possible sign of the end times: It seems that our multiplexes are in danger of being overrun with meta-level exercises in self-aware genre filmmaking. Strange thing, that, because this time last year I would have thought such a prospect a dream come true, if completely at odds with Hollywood’s bottom line. After all, in this increasingly post-modern, ironic-chic world, genre retrospective is becoming an invaluable tool to connect audiences not only to the immediate story being told, but indeed an entire rich history of genre lore.

But, as we’ve seen in the past couple months, audiences’ appetite for meta movies appears to have been sated with “Rango.” The sci-fi ode “Paul” more or less bombed, and “Your Highness,” a pot-comedy riff on fantasy flicks (and, arguably, stoner movies themselves), will have a very difficult time recouping its modest budget.

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