I think it’s safe to say at this point that most people have a pretty firm opinion about the films of Kevin Smith, as well as the filmmaker himself. Personally, I think he’s a hoot and actually is one of my favorite artists out there. This week, Smith unleashes Yoga Hosers into the world after a debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. As someone who enjoys his various podcasts, hearing the idea sort of birthed during one, much like with Tusk, had me eager to see it. Frankly, it doesn’t disappoint, though I freely admit this won’t be for everyone. It’s a strange beast, but kind of a perfect fit for Smith’s current interests at this point in his career.
Again, the movie is, like the aforementioned Tusk, based off of a conversation Smith had with Scott Mosier on SModcast, one of his podcasts. It actually mostly just is inspired by that chat, more directly spinning off two characters from the prior movie into their own Canadian horror comedy adventure. Teen yoga lovers Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) and Colleen Colette (Lily-Rose Depp) spend their days texting and working at a convenience store owned by Colleen C’s father Bob (Tony Hale). When they’re not there, they’re either at school or learning from Yogi Bayer (Justin Long), though priorities will soon be changing. You see, they’ve been invited to a senior party, but also, small Nazis made of sausage (and played by Smith) have risen up under the store, created by a mad scientist (Ralph Garman) with a very unique agenda. With the help of Guy LaPointe (Johnny Depp), they wind up using their yoga knowledge to try and save the day. Chaos and hilarity ensue. Smith writes, directs, and edits, as usual, while the eclectic ensemble cast also includes Adam Brody, Austin Butler, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Mewes, Haley Joel Osment, Vanessa Paradis, Tyler Posey, Genesis Rodriguez, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, and more. Christopher Drake provides the music, while James Laxton again handles the cinematography for Smith.
Call me crazy, but this flick worked for me. Yes, it’s messy, but there’s so much fun to be had, that it quickly wins you over. Smith continues to be a strong editor, while his direction here utilizes some new visual tics, showcasing something different. His writing may be hit or miss for some, but I think his directing has grown by leaps […]