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. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.
Genre: Dark Comedy
Release Date: July 12, 2019 Limited / July 19, 2019 Nationwide
Written & Directed by: Riley Stearns
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Produced by: Cody Ryder, Andrew Kortschak, Stephanie Whonsetler, Walter Kortschak
Executive Producers: Andrew Karpen, Munika Lay, Kent Sanderson, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
Distributor: Bleecker Street