Yoga Hosers

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Teens fight monsters in feeble Kevin Smith comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 88 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie mainly seems to be making fun of everything (including teens' reliance on their phones) and/or celebrating stupidity and fighting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In spite of everything that happens to them, the two main characters remain good friends. They share and work well together and rarely fight or argue.

Violence

Characters are killed by small monsters that enter via their bottoms. Knives are drawn but not used. Characters use martial arts-style yoga to defeat a giant monster. Small monsters stepped on, microwaved, smashed, and whacked every which way. Minimal blood and gore, all of it very fake-looking CG. An explosion. References to Nazis, with Nazi imagery.

Sex

References to sex between an adult couple, viewed as "gross" by the teen characters. A woman opens her top, showing her bra, and asks if a man wants to play in her "bouncy house." A young man removes his shirt, and the teen girls comment on his cute nipples. Discussion of a woman's period. A drawing of testicles, used to deface the cover of a book. The girls discuss how far they're willing to let boys go ("second base").

Language

Multiple uses of "s--t," in English, as well as French ("merde") and German ("scheisse"). Also: "bitch," "ass," "d--k," "goddamn," "butthole," "suck," "butt," "poo," "skeezing," "damn," "gay," "testicles," and middle-finger gestures.

Consumerism

Smartphones used frequently, with references to Instagram and/or Snapchat-like apps.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to teens drinking at a party, but nothing is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kevin Smith's comedy Yoga Hosers is a follow-up of sorts to his R-rated 2014 horror-comedy Tusk (characters who briefly appeared in Tusk are the main characters in this movie), but it's far less gross/raunchy. Still, it does include small "bratwurst Nazi" monsters that kill people after entering their bodies through their bottoms. The monsters are crushed, whacked, and microwaved, but very little blood is shown. Knives are drawn but not used. Some characters are Satan worshippers, and Nazi imagery is shown. Expect sexual references and innuendo, mostly played for laughs and viewed as "gross" by the teen characters. Language is fairly frequent (no surprise for a Smith movie, though this is quite light for him) and includes "s--t," "bitch," "d--k," and "ass." Ultimately, the movie feels like it's based on a private joke by Smith and likely won't have much appeal outside of his die-hard fans.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebo344 October 9, 2016

Sigh....

Yoga Hosers is an atrocity. It's boring, painfully unfunny, the dialogue is stupid at times, the acting is average, the CGI is awful and while the story is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStar Wars lover02 July 22, 2017

Good

I think it's hilarious with Johnny depp and his daughter One of the best movies ever. I think it's great for twelve and up

What's the story?

In YOGA HOSERS, Canadian teens Colleen C. (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen M. (Harley Quinn Smith) work as clerks at the "Eh-2-Zed" convenience store. They love their phones, singing in their band, and taking yoga classes from Yogi Bayer (Justin Long). They get big news when a cute senior (Austin Butler) invites them to a 12th-grade party, but unfortunately, they have to work that night, so they invite the boys to hang out at the store. That's when several tiny "Brazis" -- little monsters shaped like hot dogs -- attack and kill the boys. The Colleens go to jail, but with the help of investigator Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp), they discover the author of the plan: a long-dormant Nazi (Ralph Garman) who plans to wipe out all the world's haters and critics!

Is it any good?

Often, it's a good thing when filmmakers make something that they'd actually like to see, but in this case, it might have been better if Kevin Smith had kept this odd little joke to himself. Yoga Hosers takes place in the same Canada that his 2014 horror-comedy Tusk was set in; the two "Colleens," who briefly appeared in that unsettling film, are now the leads. Smith and Johnny Depp's real-life teen daughters actually seem to be best friends, and their chemistry is genuine. It's fun to hear them sing, but that's about as far as the fun goes.

The whole movie feels like something that might have come from Troma Studios (The Toxic Avenger, etc.), but with less energy or playfulness. Instead, it's as if it were based entirely around a couple of feeble word-play jokes that might have sounded funny at the time (though certainly not now). On the plus side, Smith does ratchet his typical language, raunch, and gore down several notches (it's not anywhere near as vile as Tusk was), presumably so that his stars (not quite 17 in real life) could enjoy the movie. They might be the only ones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Yoga Hosers. How is it depicted? How does the comic tone affect how it makes you feel? What is the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How does the movie handle body image regarding its two teen characters? Are they "perfect," or do they seem more like regular people?

  • What is the movie saying about teens' dependence on their phones/devices? Do you think people can be addicted to them?

  • How does this movie compare to Smith's other films? Does it feel like it's intended for the same audience?

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