After dabbling in horror with Red State and trying his hand at a creature feature in the poorly received Tusk, director Kevin Smith is continuing his quest to create odd little films that appeal to a very specific audience – namely, himself. Existing as a spinoff and quasi-sequel to his walrus-themed previous offering, Yoga Hosers is the second entry in Smith’s proposed “True North Trilogy,” and centers around a pair of teenage convenience store clerks who must battle an ancient evil with the help of a bumbling detective (Johnny Depp).
The clerks in question are portrayed by Smith and Depp’s real-life daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, who reprise their Tusk roles alongside Depp himself. When the girls find their small town under siege from miniscule Nazi soldiers made of sentient bratwurst – yes, that’s right – they fight back using the teachings of their Yoga master (Justin Long). Check out the first Yoga Hosers trailer below.
With no question, Yoga Hosers is the strangest thing Smith has ever attempted, a zany teen comedy steeped in Canadian culture – or rather, in stereotypical views of Canadian culture. I attended the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and while I didn’t exactly love it, I can also acknowledge that I’m not part of the film’s target audience. Yoga Hosers might not have been my cup of tea – a sentiment shared by many critics – but it’s admirable that Smith continues to challenge himself as a filmmaker, rather than repeatedly going back to the well.
Smith will be taking Yoga Hosers out on the road this summer, screening the film and doing Q&A events in select cities a few weeks prior to the official release date. You can check out the current list of locations at this link – but if your town isn’t on the list, Yoga Hosers will hit theaters on July 29.
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