The Art of Self Defense
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Movie Info & 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?
- This movie was shot in Kentucky
- [after Anna beats a fellow student to a pulp]
- Sensei: You're done for the night.
- Anna: So is he.
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Definitely caught me by surprise! Pretty good movie and funny definitely worth seeing if your a Jesse Eisenberg fan.
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.
Like The Art of Self-Defense as a whole, it’s glib and obvious in a way that leaves me a little cold.
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.
While the beats of its plot may be nothing very new, the tone, language and performances here make Self-Defense its own beast.