If you don’t remember Haley Joel Osment, he was that kid who saw dead people in “The Sixth Sense“. After “paying it forward” and starring as a robot in “A.I. Artificial Intelligence“, Osment has relatively kept a low profile and been out of the spotlight for the most part. While not as buff as another former child star (Jonathan Lipnicki) who recently resurfaced, Haley Joel is all grown up and apparently gay. Well, at least for a new movie role he is.

The 23-year-old actor returns to the big screen playing Chip Hardy in the new independent movie “Sassy Pants“. Hardy is the emo boyfriend of Diedrich Bader’s (The Drew Carey Show) character. “Sassy Pants” is a coming-of-age comedy that follows Bethany Pruitt as she struggles to break free from her smothering mom without any help from her deadbeat gay dad to realize her dream of attending fashion school. Ashley Rickards of “Awkward” fame takes on the title role while “Breaking Bad’s” Anna Gunn plays her mother.

The film looks cute enough, but feels like a mashup of similarly-themed movies like this. Think “Welcome To The Dollhouse”, “Juno”, “Adventureland” and countless others. That said, I still want to check it out based solely on my curiosity to see Haley Joel Osment play a ditzy boy toy. At first glance he’s virtually unrecognizable seeing that he has piercings, buffer bod, hairier chest and sporting an awful Kate Gosselin-type hairstyle. The horror. Check out the trailer and pictures of Haley Joel from the movie below.

Sassy Pants Movie Trailer

Written and directed by Coley Sohn. Produced by Adam Wilkins and Pavlina Hatoupis. Starring Ashley Rickards, Haley Joel Osment, Anna Gunn, Diedrich Bader, Martin Spanjers, Jenny O’Hara, Shanna Collins and Aaron Perilo.