After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots.
“The film as a whole feels audacious and original, a case study of violence begetting more of the same, and Mr. Eisenberg is ideally cast as the soul of fearfulness.”
Joe Morgenstern/Wall Street Journal
“It’s amusing, and occasionally funny, but the gags and the identical monotone in which every line is delivered grates.”
Johnny Oleksinski/New York Post
“The Art of Self-Defense could have a lot to say about modern loneliness and toxic masculinity, ideas that writer-director Riley Stearn largely decides to deliver as bone-dry, blunt-force satire.”
Leah Greenblatt/Entertainment Weekly
“It definitely sweeps the leg in its own way.”
“Like any good martial artist, [Eisenberg] knows just how to keep you off-balance.”
Justin Chang/Los Angeles Times
“A bold and unsettling comedy masterstroke, as excitingly unexpected as it is uncomfortably familiar.”
“The Karate Kid on acid. Wickedly funny, provocative and refreshingly subversive. It’s destined to join Office Space, American Psycho and Heathers as an American cult classic.”
Avi Offer/NYC Movie Guru
“Full of surprising twists and one of the best endings of the year, Stearns truly triumphs in his second feature-length directorial work.”
Sara Clements/Daily Dead
“The Art of Self-Defense definitely makes a point about mistaking toxic masculinity for empowerment.”
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