After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.

  • 1 hr 45 minChildren under 17 may not attend R-rated movies unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Children ages 6 and under are not allowed at R-rated movies after 6pm.RHDSD
  • Jul 12, 2019
  • Comedy

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Cast & Crew

  • Alessandro NivolaActor

  • Imogen PootsActor

  • Jesse EisenbergActor

  • Phillip Andre BotelloActor

  • Steve TeradaActor

  • Riley StearnsDirector

  • Andrew KortschakProducer

  • Stephanie WhonsetlerProducer

  • Walter KortschakProducer

  • Riley StearnsWriter