The Art of Self-Defense

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.

  • Rating: R (for violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Directed By: Riley Stearns
  • Written By: Riley Stearns
  • In Theaters: Jul 19, 2019¬†¬†Wide
  • On Disc/Streaming: Oct 8, 2019
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Studio: Bleecker Street

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