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The Art of Self-Defense

2019  104 MN




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Riley Stearns
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Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for her place in it.

 Release Date

July 12, 2019

 Runtime

1h44m (104 min)

 Revenue

$ 2,414,269


 Top Billed Cast

 Jesse Eisenberg
 Casey
 Alessandro Nivola
 Sensei
 Imogen Poots
 Anna
 David Zellner
 Henry
 Phillip Andre Botello
 Kennith


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Riley Stearns Screenplay

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 Cast

Jesse Eisenberg
  Casey
Alessandro Nivola
  Sensei
Imogen Poots
  Anna
David Zellner
  Henry
Phillip Andre Botello
  Kennith
Jason Burkey
  Alex
Dallas Edwards
  Manny
Mike Brooks
  Steve
Leland Orser
  Detective McCallister
Josh Fadem
  Serial Killer
Davey Johnson
  Gun Store Owner
Nicholas Hulstine
  Pickup Truck Driver
Lena Friedrich
  French Girl
Apollo Bacala
  Karate Day Class Student
Caroline Amiguet
  French Audio Instructor

 Crew


Heather McIntosh
  Original Music Composer
Nathan Zellner
  Executive Producer
David Zellner
  Executive Producer
Riley Stearns
  Screenplay
Riley Stearns
  Director
Charlotte Royer
  Production Design
Michael Ragen
  Director of Photography
Sarah Beth Shapiro
  Editor
Andrew Kortschak
  Producer
Walter Kortschak
  Producer
Stephanie Whonsetler
  Producer


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SWITCH.

‘The Art of Self-Defense’ is a truly funny, dark experience that will polarise audiences, hopefully leaving most of them satisfied. Just try not to think about it too much.
- Ashley Teresa

Read Ashley's full article...
https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-the-art-of-self-defense-a-satire-as-pitch-black-as-a-karate-belt


Gimly

I went in expecting mumblecore, but got more of a Wes Anderson (which, to be fair, a primary influence of mumblecore). Wes Anderson almost always has violence in his movies, but probably nothing so brutal as _The Art of Self-Defense_. I thought that the whole movie would essentially be setting up Eisenberg as an awkward, meek nerd, who at the very end would go uber-violent, and the joke that they bothered to make a movie for would essentially be "You didn't think this guy would punch very good but then he does". Happy to say, I was wrong. Not only does Eisenberg punch pretty good on actually more than one occasion, there's also a story in _The Art of Self-Defense_ as well, which I was not expecting. Now I still didn't think it was very good, and I definitely didn't think it was very funny, but my very low expectations were exceeded, so in the end I'm actually moderately happy with this one.

_Final rating:★★½ - Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._



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