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The Art of Self-Defense is scripted and directed by Riley Stearns. Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak, Cody Ryder, and Stephane Whonsetler produced the film i

The Art Of Self-Defense Movie Review

The Art Of Self-Defense Movie Review English Movie Review
Review for the film " The Art Of Self-Defense"
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video
Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes
Certificate: UA
Released: 12-07-2019
Genre: Comedy
4 / 5.0
3.43 / 5.0



  • Producer:
  • Andrew Kortschak
  • Walter Kortschak
  • Stephanie Whonsetler
  • Cody Ryder
  • Music Director:
  • Heather McIntosh
  • Editor:
  • Sarah Beth Shapiro
  • Director:
  • Riley Stearns
  • Movie Actor:
  • Supporting Actress:
  • Costume Designer:
  • Jami Villers
  • Art Director:
  • Chad Blevins
  • First Assistant Director:
  • Siena Brown
  • Second Assistant Director:
  • Stephanie Adams
  • Co-Producer:
  • Camille Bertrand
  • Lisa Ciuffetti
  • Director of Photography:
  • Michael Ragen
  • Executive Producer:
  • David Zellner
  • David S Womack
  • Nathan Zellner
  • Andrew Karpen
  • Munika Lay
  • Kent Sanderson
  • Assistant Director:
  • Diletta Di Nicolantonio
  • Still Photographer:
  • Isaac Harrison
  • Sound Effects Editor:
  • Raymond Park
  • empty:
  • Demetri Evdoxiadis
  • Assistant Editor:
  • Jim Chaliz
  • Assistant Costume Designer:
  • Tora Eff
  • Screenplay Writer:
  • Riley Stearns
  • Gaffer:
  • Matt Ware
  • Foley Artist:
  • Lorita De La Cerna
  • Production Designer:
  • Charlotte Royer
  • Set Decorator:
  • Emily Blevins
  • Makeup Artist:
  • Amy L Forsythe
  • Hair Stylist:
  • Elissa Ruminer
  • Special Effects Coordinator:
  • Wayne Beauchamp
  • Stunt Coordinator:
  • Mindy Kelly
  • Stunt Performer:
  • Ross Kohnstam
  • Heather Bonomo
  • Stunt Double:
  • Josh Friedman
  • Nikki Stanley
  • Visual Effects Artist:
  • May Satsuki Asai
  • Set Dresser:
  • Becca Morrin
  • Sound Mixer:
  • Chris Polczinski
  • Colorist:
  • Darin Wooldridge
  • Boom Operator:
  • Tash Ann
  • Jason Stare
  • Sound Editor:
  • Alexander Jongbloed
  • Location Sound Recordist:
  • Zack Goldsborough
  • Supporting Actor:
  • Jason Burkey
  • Steve Terada
  • Caroline Amiguet
  • Hauke Bahr
  • Phillip Andre Botello
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Apollo Bacala
  • David Zellner
  • Justin Eaton
  • Josh Fadem
  • Will Ellis Jr
  • Alessandro Nivola
  • Dallas Edwards

“The Art of Self-Defense” is scripted and directed by Riley Stearns. Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak, Cody Ryder, and Stephane Whonsetler produced the film in association with End Cue. Michael Ragen cranked the camera, and Sarah Beth Shapiro edited the film. Heather McIntosh composed the music. Bleecker Street distributed the film. The film features Jesse Eisenberg Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American author, actor, >> Read More... , Imogen Poots British actress, Imogen Poots, had first appeared >> Read More... , Alessandro Nivola Alessandro Antine Nivola took birth on June 28, 19 >> Read More... , Steve Terada, Phillip Andre Botello, David Zellner, Hauke Bahr, Jason Burkey, Leland Orser Leland Orser was born on 6th August 1960, in San F >> Read More... , and Josh Fadem.


There was accountant Casey who was bullied by a motorcycle gang.  He decided to change his timid and awkward behavior. He visited a dojo where the owner called himself “Sensei.”He was impressed by the trial class and decided to join it. He was weak, but Sensei loved his determination to become powerful. There was a strange rule in the dojo, which are making him a promoting toxic masculinity.  He started seen at pornography during his work, having fights with his boss, and listening to loud, angry music. What will happen to Casey? What is these strange rules? Will Casey  able to escape from toxic masculinity? The rest of the story deals with it.

Star Performance

Jesse Eisenberg, as Casey Davies, did an incredible performance in the film. Her journey to depicting how he becomes a stereotypical toxic male in the movie. His acting was to the point. Everything about his character was played in the movie. Imogen Poots, as Anna, was brilliant in the movie. Her detailing of the character was outstanding. She did a fantastic performance in the movie. She shows the nature of a young girl who loves the dojo and, at the same time, was mistreated in the dojo. She warns the main lead about the toxic masculinity in the dojo and helps him to escape it. Her acting was factual and natural. One would hate Alessandro Nivola, as Sensei, after watching this movie. That much impact he made in the whole film. His appearance as the a toxic male was scary, horrifying, and, at the same time, creepy. He was fantastic in his role of toxic male. He did a remarkable performance in the film. All the other actors were as good as the main lead actors.


The storyline of the film was great, creepy, funny, and entertaining. The film focus on the central theme of toxic masculinity in our society. The film is showing about how people look at marital arts. Stereotypical masculinity was the highlight of the film. The film has a great storyline. The script was well structured and framed. The dark humor in the movie was perfect. The film has a great message and theme for the audience. It is compared to David Fincher’s Fight Club Click to look into! >> Read More... . While comparing, it lacks the humor. The film had a fresh theme which makes it unique. The overall concept is perfectly framed. The direction and cinetomagraphy were fitted to the scenes in the movie. The dark comedy nature of the film is maintained from the start till the end. The adventurous journey of the male lead discovering the male toxicity and then aborting it is demonstrated in the movie. The background music and songs play a significant role in the movie. The dialogues were excellent in the film.

What’s There?

  • The film uses the dark comedy concept significantly.
  • The film did not go beyond the theme.

What’s Not There?

• The storyline of the film seems to be expected.


The film is funny and exciting. Those who love dark comedy will like this film.


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