The Art of Self-Defense

Run time does not include previews1 hr 44 min | Comedy | CCClosed Captioning ADAudio Description Headset | Rfor violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language
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    R - for violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language
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  • Director

    Riley Stearns
  • Starring

    Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola
  • Distributor

    Bleecker Street


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.
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