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More on  in the Internet Movie DatabaseThe Art of Self-Defense

Rated 14 Accompaniment (Violence) ~ Runs 104 minutes

Dir.: Riley Stearns, US, 2019

Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots

“Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) needs to change his life. Single, friendless, and picked on at work, he’s a wimp, a lamb in a world of wolves. And after getting randomly attacked on the street while out buying dog food, he decides that it’s now or never. So he signs up at a local dojo run by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, ready to learn the tenets of karate. ‘I’m afraid of other men,’ he tells Sensei. ‘They intimidate me. I want to be what intimidates me.’ Be careful what you wish for, Casey. Though the classes boost his confidence and defense skills – the confrontation with his co-workers is the uproarious centerpiece of the film – Casey soon realizes that something deeply sinister is happening within the dojo’s walls, and now he’s in too deep. Blending big, broad laughs with go-for-the-throat thriller conventions, The Art Of Self-Defense is a blackly comic, often shocking deconstruction of toxic masculinity... and a wicked satire on those who prey on American insecurity.” - Marcus Gorman, Seattle International Film Festival



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August 25