The Art of Self-Defense

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
In theatres: July 19, 2019 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
DVD: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray: October 15, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 2.75
based on 16 votes and 8 reviews
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Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots


Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a meek and timid man, is attacked at random on the street. He subsequently enrolls at a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

Director: Riley Stearns
Studio: Pacific Northwest Pictures
Producer(s): Cody Ryder, Andrew Kortschak, Stephanie Whonsetler, Walter Kortschak
Screenplay: Riley Stearns
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  • 4 stars "Great movie!"
  • 2 stars "Sick humor not funny."
  • 1 star "i thought it was gonna be a comedy and it turned out very dark. in fact....IT SUCKED"