A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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").
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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