The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

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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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Variety

Variety

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"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

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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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Considered learning Karate but thought Dojos were mysterious and intimidating?

Not all satiric, dark comedies have a message. Alessandro Nivola and Jesse Eisenberg combine to take the urine out of martial arts, mysterious knowledge, office life, gun control messages, and both wimpy & macho guys. The delivery here is as dry as a bone, especially from Nivola as the utterly serious Sensei of the Karate Dojo. While Eisenberg plays an...

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

"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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

Considered learning Karate but thought Dojos were mysterious and intimidating?

Not all satiric, dark comedies have a message. Alessandro Nivola and Jesse Eisenberg combine to take the urine out of martial arts, mysterious knowledge, office life, gun control messages, and both wimpy & macho guys. The delivery here is as dry as a bone, especially from Nivola as the utterly serious Sensei of the Karate Dojo. While Eisenberg plays an...

5.0
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