Highly Suspect Reviews: The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense Movie Review


Jesse Eisenberg plays Casey, a somewhat effeminate mouse of a guy who works all but unnoticed at a small accountancy film. After he is randomly attacked and hospitalized by a local motorcycle gang, he signs up to a nearby dojo run by the toxically tough Alessandro Nivola. Strangely, the two men really take to each other at first and Casey’s determination sends him quickly up the ladder of the sensei’s estimation, somewhat to the chagrin of his best female student (Imogen Poots). Casey’s initial meekness transforms into a strange sort of confidence leading to some truly unexpected and darkly funny consequences. Listen to Marco, Alan, and Chris teach you the basic moves.

Hey, you can also check out this video from SXSW 2019 with Martin Thomas and Chris reviewing the film.


DIRECTED BY: Riley Stearns

STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, David Zellner

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