Full disclosure: I was an early adopter of Kevin Smith movies. To this day, I have a tendency to name cats after his characters, and randomly quote Clerks at people, mid-conversation. For me, the filmmaker has yet to make a movie that tops 1999’s Dogma – but every time he delivers a new one, I still find myself hoping that it will be the one to become my new Kevin Smith favourite. Will Yoga Hosers claim that title? The new trailer would suggest, probably not. It does indicate, though, that Kevin Smith still has plenty of motivation to continue shaking up his own brand, by telling original stories in fresh and innovative ways.
Starring Harley Quinn Smith and Lily Rose Depp, Yoga Hosers focuses on two teenage girls named Colleen, who find themselves at the forefront of a battle against an ancient evil while working at their local convenience store. In fighting the good fight, they team up with Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) – who was first seen in 2014’s Tusk. That film and Yoga Hosers constitute the first and second instalments in Kevin Smith’s burgeoning True North Trilogy – featuring Canadian-based stories. Also included in this cast is Tony Hale, Jason Mewes, Justin Long, Adam Brody, and Genesis Rodriguez.
Check out the official plot synopsis below for more:
“15 year old-yoga-nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie love their smart phones and hate their after school job at Manitoban convenience store Eh-2-Zed. But when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with the legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives with all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time. Depp, Depp the younger and Smith the younger are returning in the roles they created for TUSK.”
The film received somewhat mixed reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, but then again, Kevin Smith has always been a filmmaker that has divided audiences. Trailers rarely give an accurate picture of what can be expected from a movie, admittedly – but until we get to see it in theatres, we can only draw what we can from the preview footage. Here, he seems to have created a story filled with sharp humour and charmingly low-budget horror that looks set to entertain to a high degree – just not to the level of the brilliantly observed and executed Dogma.
The release of Yoga Hosers will follow a short Kevin Smith tour – in which he will present the film to audiences – the details of which have also been released.
6/1 – New Orleans, LA at the Joy Theater
6/2 – Ponte Vedra, FL at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
6/6 – Houston, TX at The Houston Improv
6/12 – Columbus, OH at Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse
7/8 – Durham, NC at The Carolina Theatre
7/12 – San Jose, CA at The Improv
7/17 – San Francisco, CA at Cobbs Comedy Club
Yoga Hosers will have a general cinema release on July 29th, 2016.