Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) just can't seem to win. Attacked on the street, humiliated at his job and even emasculated by his dog, he joins a local karate dojo led by the enigmatic Sensei (Alessandro Nivola) to learn how to defend himself. In the midst of his training, Casey becomes friendly with a female instructor (Imogen Poots) and soon realizes he is caught in a bizarre world of outcasts, fraternal rituals and hilarious hyper-masculinity.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

84% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: The Art of Self-Defense grapples compellingly with modern American masculinity -- and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director Riley Stearns.

15+ COMMON SENSE

Quirky, mature comedy tackles the illusion of masculinity.

Information

Studio
Bleecker Street
Genre
Comedy
Released
Copyright

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)
Additional

Spanish (Subtitles)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.
SDH
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) refer to subtitles in the original language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.

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