Yoga Hosers, which will have its world release on the 26th of July this year, is the laugh out loud, horror comedy sequel to Kevin Smith’s 2014 film Tusk. It is the second in what will be a trilogy of horror comedies dubbed ‘The True North Trilogy’, with Moose Jaws still to come.
Like the rest of Kevin Smith’s films, it’s a lighthearted affair that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you’re a fan of his previous work, this film is highly likely to to entertain you, but if not, this film is not for you. In a Q&A about the film, Kevin said this film was made for people like his daughter, who get dragged along to all the superhero movies, but really want to have films with females as the focus.
Dubbed ‘Clueless meets Gremlins’, the film is focused around ‘the two Colleens’, played by Jonny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s daughter Harley-Quinn Smith. Both Smith and Depp are brilliant as the teenage best friends that work together in a Canadian convenience store. Their chemistry on screen really makes the film, as you find yourself being sucked into their self-obsessed teenage world. There is a lot of teenage based comedy, mocking things like Instagram (or insta-can as it’s called in the film), obsession with phones and the celebrity world.
Austin Butler plays the love interest of Colleen M, Adam Brody is the wannabe rock star that plays in the girls’ rock band, and Colleen C’s parents are played by the ever comical Tony Hale and Natasha Lyon. Johnny Depp reprises his role as the bumbling Canadian detective Guy Lapointe, but has more of a pivotal role in the Tusk sequel. It’s a family affair for the Depp’s with this film, as Vanessa Paradis also appears in the film as the girls’ history teacher who talks about the history of Canadian Nazis and the crazy scientist.
The enemies in this film are comical mini Nazi bratwurst sausages, dubbed ‘bratzis’ that kill people for their body parts at the command of their evil master. Speaking in German phrases, they march along but the girls use their yoga skills, taught to them by the peaceful ‘Yogi Bayer’ to try and defeat the evil bratwurst and giant meat monster.
The film is packed with comedy, mocking critics, Canadians and teenage culture. The main villain does a lot of very accurate impressions from various pop culture references, that the girls don’t understand because it doesn’t fit with their modern culture. As with other films by Kevin Smith, Stan Lee makes a cameo, which is no surprise considering how much of a fan Kevin Smith is of Stan Lee
Tusk polarised fans, but this sequel will not. If you are after a serious film that critics are going love, this film isn’t for you, but if you are looking for a night of daft fun at the cinema, you’ll love it.