Thursday, January 12, 2017

Movie Review: "Yoga Hosers" (2016)

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Movie"Yoga Hoser"
Director: Kevin Smith
Year: 2016
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Two fifteen year old Canadian convenience store clerks named Colleen and Colleen (Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith) must fight for their lives against an army of Nazi Bratwursts.

"Yoga Hosers" is written and directed by Kevin Smith, who is known for directing "Clerks," "Dogma," and of course, the human walrus transfiguration horror "Tusk." This film is a spin-off or possibly a spiritual sequel of the aforementioned "Tusk." It stars Kevin Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, who is also in this film reprising his role as Guy Lapointe. Smith and Depp play Colleen and Colleen, best friends who work together at the 'Eh 2 Zed' convenience store in Winnipeg, Canada. A string of murders are happening all around the city and when a couple 'twelfth grade boys' are killed in the store, the Colleens get blamed for it, though they know the actual perpetrators were an army of Nazi Bratwursts, aka Bratzis, that committed all of the killings. Now, with the help of Guy Lapointe, the two girls must prove their innocence.

"Yoga Hosers" is very much a tongue-in-cheek, self aware, intentionally bad movie that can be considered an homage to the low budget B-horror genre. This is very reminiscent of a movie like "The Gingerdead Man," "Jack Frost," or "Sharknado," but with much better actors, which isn't saying much, and there is also some semblance of technical film-making skills. The dialogue is always ridiculous and full of puns, and the movie also has the outrageous and frank signature comedy that Smith has always been known for. Everything executed on screen is over-the-top and purposefully so, including the Canadian stereotypes, which are taken to the nth degree with constant references to hockey and maple syrup, all done in cartoonishly over-exaggerated Canadian accents and dialect.

This isn't a movie meant to be taken seriously. It is so absurd with such an off-the-wall concept that we couldn't help but have a moderately good time with it despite its many, many faults. We can't help but think this has some appeal to the midnight movie crowd and that it may be destined for cult status several years down the line. People seem quick to hate on Kevin Smith now, and the most offensive thing he has done in our minds is cast his daughter in all of his most recent movies. If you can embrace the stupid and poorly written first act and get through the unfocused finale, give "Yoga Hosers" a chance.
My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6/10
IMDB's Rating: 4.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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