RosieMeter: 51 % Rose Bud
Runtime: 1 hour, 18 mins.
After the end credits: There were no extra scenes when I saw the film in January at Sundance.
Set in a small Canadian town, Yoga Hosers stars Harley Quinn Smith (director Kevin Smith’s daughter), and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter) as teen besties, both named Colleen, who work the counter at the local convenience store called Eh to Zed. When their town is plagued by “Bratzies,” racist little sausage people, the Colleens use their supreme yoga training to vanquish evil.
Depp, who is nearly the spitting image of her gorgeous French mother, actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, is a cinematic natural, especially when it comes time to fight off bad guys using yoga.
Smith, naturally blessed with comedic ability, has a strong visual presence and is able to communicate the will of a young woman caught in a situation bigger and more dangerous than your young life has prepared her for.
My problem with Yoga Hosers isn’t the lead actresses. It’s the script. It seems to derail into stoner land about half-way through and neglects to harness the power of these stunningly talented young women. Both Depp and Smith give their all to the movie despite the childish journey Kevin Smith sends them on. Though Kevin Smith has been a fierce protector of his daughter, I’m looking forward to Harley and Lily’s next film without him.
RosieMeter score breakdown:
There are two female protagonists: 20 pts.
The film tells a two women’s stories (as they relate to men): 10 pts.
Kevin Smith is the writer/director. Out of 32 (!) producers listed on the IMDb page, Elizabeth Destro, Jordan Monsanto and Jennifer Schwalbbach Smith are listed as producers, Tara Finegan is listed as associate-producer and Kim Ledford is listed as executive producer: 6 pts.
Does pass the Bechdel/Wallace test: 10 pts.
Wildcard: I’m giving the film 5 points because Kevin Smith wrote this for his daughter and that’s lovely. 5 pts.
RosieMeter: 51 %