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Videos & Photos

  • Official Trailer
  • Teaser 1

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A man is attacked at random on the street. Enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

Cast

  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Alessandro Nivola
  • Imogen Poots
  • Steve Terada
  • David Zellner
  • Phillip Andre Botello
  • Jason Burkey
  • Mike Brooks
  • C.J. Rush
  • Davey Johnson

Atom User Reviews

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Verified Review
#hilarious
#seeingitagain
#indiehit
#leavekidsathome
#surprising
#lol
#greatcast

Definitely caught me by surprise! Pretty good movie and funny definitely worth seeing if your a Jesse Eisenberg fan.

JF
Joseph F
Verified Review
#indiehit
#surprising

This movie is not for everyone. It did make me feel a wide range of emotions which is a positive. You must like dark humor to enjoy this movie. The cast really sells it.

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callie W

Metacritic

88
Jul 18, 2019

The film’s calm brutality is effective. Plot-wise, some punches are telegraphed, while others are not. The satire is a spinning wheel kick I didn’t see coming. Black belts all around.

Metacritic review by Brad Wheeler
Brad Wheeler
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
50
Jul 9, 2019

Director and writer Riley Stearns’ mediocre comedy aims to be a roundhouse kick at traditional masculinity, but doesn’t manage to take it down in any deep or insightful way.

Metacritic review by Johnny Oleksinski
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
83
Mar 18, 2019

When the film works it veers into the domain of the uncomfortably hilarious as the maladjusted becomes a malcontent without a choice.

Metacritic review by John Fink
John Fink
The Film Stage