The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

(2019)

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

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.Hide

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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. Full Review

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