The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

Jesse Eisenberg joins a karate dojo after being attacked on the street in this dark comedy from writer-director Riley Stearns (Faults).

After joinining the local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Alessandro Nivola, American Hustle), he uncovers a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it.

2019Rating: CTC104 minsUSA
ComedyFestival & Independent

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The Art of Self-Defense / Reviews

Variety

Variety

"The Art of Self-Defense" may be presented as an absurdist satire, but like the best American comedies... it doubles as a keen critique of our national character.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

While the beats of its plot may be nothing very new, the tone, language and performances here make Self-Defense its own beast.

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