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Don't judge the book by its cover. this movie is a Black Comedy masterpiece. just be patient and enjoy the twist.
SUPER FUNNY. AND UNEXPECTED.
Comedy in name only.
Loved it. It is a weird cult classic dark comedy. A unique plot that doesn't take itself too serious, enjoy the ride off into the sunset with this modern take on a feel-good comedy.
Mark Zuckerberg joins Fight Club. Comic start before it turned rather dark. Good for laughs.
This wasn't what I expected after watching the trailer - but that's what made it work. It took a strange direction story-wise but that kept my interest throughout. Great performances, entertaining storytelling and that feeling of being on the edge of uneasy
A creative comedic critique of toxic masculinity.
Riley Stearns' indie comedy The Art of Self-Defense (2019) is both a hilariously funny comedy and an endearing representation of an emasculated man learning to find his confidence. Stearns' writing takes aim at American society's love of guns, violence, sex, and machismo. He presents toxic masculinity as so ridiculous that you cannot help but laugh. I was chuckling throughout the entirety of The Art of Self-Defense's meager run-time. Stearns makes you not want to take karate lessons or buy a gun just to avoid the ludicrously overzealous followers of such violence pass-times. The Art of Self-Defense plays up how pathetically fragile men are that act tough as they are not cool and in fact jerks.
Riley Stearns' direction is a blissfully mellow tone that lets you look into the quiet life of the lonely and miserable. Stearns' direction is strong and focused with a clarity for his subjects that reveals without unnecessary dialogue. He shows you everything with little details on screen and striking visuals of solitude. I hope Stearns directs more feature films as The Art of Self-Defense is a surprising delight!
Jesse Eisenberg is fun as a pathetic loser afraid of going outside. He aptly fits the awkward weirdo just barely getting by in life. His little dog is adorable too by the way. Imogen Poots is remarkably intense and sympathetic proficient martial artist.
I must mention Alessandro Nivola's villain Sensei. He is charming, crazy, cold, frightening, odd, and always hilarious. Nivola faces all fears with a strong dedication. He plays the most toxic masochist, who is sexist and violent. Nivola lures the audience in with his understanding and supportive persona, until he reveals his true nature as a psychopath unlike any other movie antagonist. His serene outward display hides Sensei's inner rage. He gets all the best lines and you will not forget his character ever.
With plenty of twists and turns, laughs and jaw drops, The Art of Self-Defense is the perfect comedy movie for fans of irreverent and dark humor. You will not see this film going where it ends up. Enjoy your journey of self-discovery with magnificently crafted movie The Art of Self-Defense.
Very good unconventional comedy. Storyline was quite "normal, but details and style brought in mind Wes Anderson's films. Jesse Eisenberg deadpan acting style was created for The Art of Self-Defense. All actors were superb!
Dreadful. Gratuitous sickening violence. No character development. Villains without motives. To quote a New Yorker review in its entirety, "Don't go; the stomach heaves."
much too laboured to really be what it wants to be