A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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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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 ...
How does the movie handle body image regarding its two teen characters? Are they "perfect," or do they seem more like regular people?
How does this movie compare to Smith's other films? Does it feel like it's intended for the same audience?
- In theaters: September 2, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: November 22, 2016
- Cast: Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith
- Director: Kevin Smith
- Studio: Invincible Studios
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 88 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: crude humor, sexual references, comic violence, and brief drug material
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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