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The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

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English
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1h 44m
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July 12th 2019
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Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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.

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6.7
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75

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Steve Terada
Steve Terada Thomas
Hauke Bahr
Hauke Bahr Grant
Mike Brooks
Mike Brooks Steve
CJ Rush
C.J. Rush Other Steve
Leland Orser
Leland Orser Detective McCallister
Josh Fadem
Josh Fadem Serial Killer
Davey Johnson
Davey Johnson Gun Store Owner
Katherine Martin
Katherine Martin Bakery Woman
Cameron Murphy
Cameron Murphy New White Belt
Nicholas Hulstine
Nicholas Hulstine Pickup Truck Driver
Lena Friedrich
Lena Friedrich French Girl
Frederic Spitz
Frederic Spitz French Guy
Louis Robert Thompson
Louis Robert Thompson Veterinarian
Katherine SmithRodden
Katherine Smith-Rodden Store Cashier
Apollo Bacala
Apollo Bacala Karate Day Class Student
Caroline Amiguet
Caroline Amiguet French Audio Instructor
Directed By: Riley Stearns
Written By: Riley Stearns (Screenplay)

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by SWITCH. - Is this helpful?UpvoteDownvote
‘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

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https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-the-art-of-self-defense-a-satire-as-pitch-black-as-a-karate-belt
by Gimly - Is this helpful?UpvoteDownvote
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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