Reprinted from the Independent WeeklyDanny McBride and David Gordon Green’s parody of 1980s fantasy flicks such as Clash of the Titans and Willow unfortunately suffers from the misapprehension that simply having characters randomly make jokes about sex, profanity and marijuana in the midst of swordplay is funny in and of itself. Co-writer McBride stars as the layabout brother to James Franco’s epic hero who gets roped into rescuing Franco’s fiancĂ©e, Zooey Deschanel, from warlock Justin Theroux, but no one really has a fully formed character to play (though Natalie Portman tries her darnedest as an ass-kicking warrior woman). McBride’s near-samurai-like wielding of the F-word on HBO’s Eastbound and Down (which Green sometimes directs) falls flat here in a sea of lame set pieces about the likes of pedophiliac muppets and Minotaur privates that lack the darkness and emotional gravitas of his best work. Ironically, the location shooting and set design suggests that director Green would fare well with a straight cinematic fantasy, but this number is likely only to be enjoyed by hardcore Dungeons & Dragons fans who’ve been smoking a little too much Pineapple Express.

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