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The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

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A man is attacked at random on the street. He enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Casey
Alessandro Nivola ... Sensei
Imogen Poots ... Anna
Steve Terada ... Thomas
Phillip Andre Botello ... Kennith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caroline Amiguet ... French Audio Instructor (voice)
Apollo Bacala ... Karate Day Class Student
Hauke Bahr ... Grant
Jason Burkey ... Alex
Justin Eaton ... Lone Man
Dallas Edwards ... Manny
Will Ellis Jr. Will Ellis Jr. ... Night Class Student
Josh Fadem ... Serial Killer
John French ... Office Worker
Darren Gaebel Darren Gaebel ... Karate Night Class Student
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Storyline

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. Written by Bleecker Street

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self defence | sensei | dojo | See All (3) »


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Rated R for violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,374, 14 July 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$159,289, 18 July 2019
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Hilarious Dark Comedy - Well worth the price of admission.
20 July 2019 | by mgbxrSee all my reviews

I saw a trailer for this movie on Youtube and actually laughed out loud (doesn't happen often). So I looked it up and saw that it was already out in select theaters. I had a good feeling about it, and I love 'dark comedies', so I threw down and went with my wife. We both thoroughly enjoyed the film. Everyone in the theater was laughing out loud. Despite the movie dragging a bit in parts, I was in tears by the mid-point. This is just a really fun movie. The acting is great, the jokes are mostly fresh and well delivered. The plot is not anything spectacular (honestly, it's pretty predictable), but it's a comedy so the plot is always secondary to the humor.

I don't want to post spoilers, but suffice to say that I paid $21 for two tickets to see this and would consider going again. I almost never go to the theater anymore because the garage that hollyweird dumps on us is never worth the price of admission - but this film really delivered. Go see it if you can, otherwise make sure to pickup or rent a copy when it comes out on video.


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