HipsterZOMBIEJoint Movie Review: The Art of Self-Defense

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The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy crime drama mystery martial arts thriller film written and directed by Riley Stearns. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2019, and was released in the United States on July 12, 2019, by Bleecker Street.

Casey Davies is a mild-mannered, socially awkward accountant who does not seem to fit in with his work environment. While getting food for his pet dachshund late one evening, Casey is confronted by a motorcycle gang, who ask if he owns a gun before brutally attacking him. While given time off from work to recuperate, he grows insecure and strongly considers purchasing a firearm for protection. But when he comes across a karate dojo, presided by “Sensei”, Casey takes advantage of a free trial class, opting to take further day classes rather than purchase a firearm. Casey meets Anna, a brown belt (and the only female student of the dojo) who teaches the children’s classes, and befriends Henry, a blue belt student. With time, Casey begins to perform well enough to catch the attention of his classmates and Sensei. He earns a promotion to a yellow belt, but both Anna and Henry are snubbed for their next ranks.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 84% based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 7.24/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Art of Self-Defense grapples compellingly with modern American masculinity and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director Riley Stearns.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Peter Debruge of Variety wrote, “This singular black comedy balances off-kilter humor with an unexpectedly thriller-esque undercurrent, to the extent that audiences will find it tough to anticipate either the jokes or the dark, Fight Club-like turn things eventually take — all to strikingly original effect.”

You can now find the film streaming on multiple streaming platforms.

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