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The Art of Self Defense

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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

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • This movie was shot in Kentucky
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Quotes

    • [after Anna beats a fellow student to a pulp]
    • Sensei: You're done for the night.
    • Anna: So is he.
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#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
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#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

67
Jan 2, 2020

Like The Art of Self-Defense as a whole, it’s glib and obvious in a way that leaves me a little cold.

Vince Mancini
Uproxx
70
Jul 19, 2019

Eisenberg, Nivola, and a hilariously brusque Imogen Poots (as Sensei’s only female student) are more than up to the task of finding the comedy in scenes of nasty violence or brooding anxiety. Stearns, however, is less interested in balancing those tones than he is in exploiting their uneasy tension.

David Sims
The Atlantic
70
Mar 15, 2019

While the beats of its plot may be nothing very new, the tone, language and performances here make Self-Defense its own beast.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter