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The Art of Self Defense

Comedy

R for violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language

7/12/2019
Released
Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola
Starring
Riley Stearns
Director
104 min
Length
The film centers on Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.