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The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense is a movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, and Imogen Poots. After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to...

Other Titles
Sztuka samoobrony, La mejor defensa es un ataque, W obronie wlasnej, El arte de defenderse, L'art de l'autodéfense, A Arte da Autodefesa, L'arte della difesa personale, ジ・アート・オブ・セルフ・ディフェンス, Umetnost samoodbrane
Running Time
1 hours 44 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Drama, Mystery, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Riley Stearns
Riley Stearns
Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola, Steve Terada
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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.

Comments about drama «The Art of Self-Defense» (22)

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When I first heard about this movie I wasn't sure whether to see it or not, but it seems I need to make a decision for my future. The Art of Self-Defense is a smart comedy that's the best part of this year's movie-going experience. For the first time since the '80's, the movies is the one that seems like it's up to par with the others. The characters are likable and funny and you really get sucked into the story and the characters. It's an incredibly realistic movie, but it's also very smart and funny. The whole movie is not full of plot holes and they're all handled very well, making this movie the first one in a long time that feels like it's been made by a huge Hollywood studio. The cast is amazing, but it's also the perfect cast for this film. There are so many great characters in this movie that you can't help but feel like you're part of the story. The acting is solid, but the characters that are actually shown, are also really great. The most amazing part about this movie is that it isn't full of sex, but it is very emotional and realistic. The whole movie feels very real and not like the normal Hollywood fare, which is a good thing. It's also the first film I've seen that I actually care about the characters. I never have when I've been a fan of any of the actors in a movie. The Art of Self-Defense is a great, entertaining movie that I think all people should see, regardless of how they feel about Hollywood.

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Melissa T.

Wow. It took me a while to decide if I was watching a comedy or a thriller. I saw an advertisement on the internet for this movie and I thought it sounded interesting. The plot was straightforward and the character development was easy to follow, and I could easily tell who was going to get killed next. The movie starts out with some teens getting involved in a drug deal gone wrong, and then it turns into a revenge story of how they are fighting for justice against the criminal and the people who made them prey on their own families. There are some good visual and sound effects and the cinematography is great. I was expecting a lot more from this movie, but I thought it was a decent movie. It wasn't as good as I expected, but it was good enough. The acting was good, although I did find one or two parts of the movie a little too serious, but I can't really find anything wrong with the movie, I guess I'll just have to see it again. I enjoyed it, but I could have done without some parts, but it wasn't a terrible movie.

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Marie Black

First of all, I should warn you, that this film is rated R for a reason. So if you are not over 18, or you don't like graphic violence, I would avoid this film, otherwise. I found this film to be very entertaining. I really like comedies, so I was looking forward to this movie. The characters, as a whole, are very likable and likable characters in my opinion. You can really feel the chemistry between the three main characters. They have a wonderful chemistry together, which gives the movie some credibility. The plot is simple, yet very well put together. It kept my attention the entire time, and I liked the fact that it didn't really go into much detail about the mystery. The ending was interesting, and left me wanting to see the next film in the series. I think this film is worth a watch for anyone looking for a movie with a lot of fun and some romance.

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Hollywood has shown that it will take a great movie to keep a feature director at his/her toes. This one, "The Art of Self Defense," is that movie. Although it is a very talented cast, it was mainly directed by John Sayles. I can understand that if he had directed it himself, it might have been more conventional. But Sayles gave it a great spin, and the result was a very entertaining movie. This is one of those films that, for most of the movie, you don't know what's going to happen next, and the viewer is always on the edge of his/her seat waiting for something to happen. I'm not a fan of movies that go "too far" with the content, but this movie kept my interest throughout. I have never seen anything like it. It has a great cast, with a fantastic score and a wonderful script. Some of the scenes were so great, that I had to look away from the television, and I had to laugh in several places. I am not a big fan of the way that music is used in films, but Sayles did a wonderful job with this one. The movie is highly recommended. It is a very intelligent movie, and it is extremely entertaining. This is a movie that I will definitely be looking for in the future. I give it an 8/10.

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Jesse Perez

I don't know why some people seem to hate this film. It's fun, it's entertaining, it's just not very original. There is one or two similarities, but otherwise it's a whole lot of different things. The opening scene is absolutely hilarious. Two prison guards enter an old guy's house to check his house out for a busted-out guard. The old guy is asleep and apparently doesn't want the guards in his house because they are too loud. So they knock on his door. In his garden he finds a girl with a broken leg and she tells the guards to leave. The guards then try to make her go to a hospital and they call for the police. But she tells them to leave and is begging them not to. So they knock on the old guy's door and all hell breaks loose. The old guy gets all sorts of strange offers and weird messages from his wife (Laura Linney). So he invites the guards into his house. And as they start poking around in the house they get attacked by his wife. There's an explosion and the old guy is killed. The guards find the dead old guy's wallet and his wife gets killed. He tells the guards to leave and they decide to. The old guy's wife then gets all suspicious of the guards and goes into the house. She kills the guards and finds the dead old guy's wallet. He gives her the wallet and she's found to be insane and mentally unstable. She then takes her gun and shoots the guards. The movie ends with her in jail, with her "wife" and her "husband" all dead and the old guy's wallet with the messages and the guards all gone. The film is very different. I would say the similarities are that the "old guy" wants to be like his father and there's a joke about a joke that the two guys have. Also, this is the first film I've seen in a while where the lead actor plays a redneck. It's like he plays a character he's familiar with, but he's playing it for laughs. The two guys play their roles pretty well, and the actors play their parts well. The script is good, although some of the lines are a bit cliche. It's a fun movie and it's not anything you haven't seen before. I wouldn't go out of your way to see this film, but it's definitely worth checking out.

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It's really hard to say how a movie should be judged, but I would like to say that this was a good movie. I know this because I went to see it in the theater, and it was a big laugh. I was a little disappointed that the director and the script writers took so many liberties with the truth, but still, I can see how the movie was able to stand on its own two feet and make some money. The only thing I didn't like about the movie was the art. In my opinion, it just wasn't very well done. But then again, that's just my opinion. What really bothers me is that some people may enjoy the movie for all the wrong reasons. If you like movies like American Beauty, then you'll probably like this movie. If you're a cynic, then you'll probably not like it at all. And I'm not trying to be insulting, but there's a lot of things that are obvious that I didn't like about this movie. For example, it's set in the 80's. There are only a couple of 1980's movies that are set in the 80's (that I could find) and I don't think that's why I was thinking about this movie. I just don't like the 1980's. And what's up with the music? I can see why it was supposed to be good, but I think it could have been better. In my opinion, the only thing I liked about the movie was the art. But I also think that the movie could have used a little more of that. As far as I'm concerned, the movie was worth seeing, and it was worth seeing for the art. I'm sure I'll watch this movie a few more times.

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This movie is a great movie to watch with your friends and I think it is one of the best of the year. The cast did a great job and the story was interesting. All of the cast did a good job and the storyline kept me interested and guessing. I think this movie is not perfect but I think it is a good movie to watch with friends and as I said I think it is a great movie.

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I'm usually pretty pessimistic about these kinds of movies. I always have the thought that most of them are so formulaic that I feel that the only reason I'm watching them is to see how far Hollywood will go to make a movie with a twist. However, this movie is a very different kind of movie. It's actually a pretty good movie. It's also the first film that I've seen in a while where the plot actually made sense. It's not the best movie ever, but it's definitely a pretty good movie. The movie starts out with a murder that happened in the movie, and the murder victim is a police detective. The detective and his partner are trying to solve the case, but the detective has a wife and daughter. This film is about how the detective and his wife deal with their grief. The movie is a little long, but it's really worth it. The movie has a great twist. It's almost impossible to predict what will happen, and it's very unexpected. The movie is also pretty realistic. The movie shows how hard it is to be a cop, and how hard it is to deal with grief. The movie is also very emotional, and I actually found myself crying a few times during the movie. Overall, I really like this movie. It's a really good movie, and I think it's really worth watching.

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Madison H.

I was pretty surprised when I first saw the trailer for this movie. It was supposed to be a cute teen comedy but it was actually a surprisingly dark comedy. It wasn't a complete rip-off of The Sixth Sense or any other movie. There were elements of The Sixth Sense that I liked and elements of this movie that I didn't like. The plot was pretty simple and it was basically about a couple of boys who are looking for a girl they think they've been in love with for a while. And as they were trying to find her they are hunted by an assassin. They were using the exact same techniques and techniques from The Sixth Sense. There were certain elements from The Sixth Sense that I liked and certain elements from this movie that I didn't like. Like the music in this movie. It's basically just a bunch of songs that play throughout the movie and I personally found them to be unnecessary. If you are looking for a good movie that is quite different than what you are used to you might enjoy this movie. It's a good movie to watch with your friends because it's not something you would normally watch.

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Sandra Morgan

I went to see this movie after seeing the trailer. I had heard that it was a great movie. I think it's a great movie. It's well-made, the story is a good one, the actors are good, and there is even a fun part in the beginning of the movie. I think that it would have been better had the movie started off slow and explored the characters more and the situation. The movie does have a great soundtrack, and the camera-work is very good. I didn't like the ending. It made the movie feel like the whole movie was a setup for something that wouldn't have been a bad thing to see happen. It didn't help the movie either. I really think that this is a great movie, but it is a very good movie. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good movie.

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Anthony Woods

This film is a good effort by several writers, who have produced a truly weird, and slightly enjoyable, film. You have to be prepared to try to keep up with the non-linear plot, but you'll have a good time.

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This film has one of the best, and most entertaining endings of any film I have seen. It was an intense film, and it was very well done. It had a great story, and the characters were great. I highly recommend it, and I hope it comes out on DVD.

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Stephanie Alexander

I love movies that deal with murders, and this is one of the best. The characters are interesting and believable, and the murder plot is all done with a sense of humor and realism. The actors do a great job, and the movie is full of action and suspense. There is a bit of a twist at the end, but the ending is as unexpected as it gets. This movie will keep you guessing until the very end, and the ending is one of the best twists I have ever seen. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes murder mysteries, and crime movies in general.

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Marilyn McDonald

I am a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds and I'm not at all surprised to see him in this movie. He is very believable as a drunk, angry, angry, and crazy cop who is willing to do anything to get the job done. This is definitely not a movie for everyone, but I loved it. It is not the best movie I have ever seen, but it is the best movie I have ever seen that does not have a plot or predictable plot twists. If you are looking for a movie with a plot, that is predictable, and has a predictable ending, then this is not the movie for you. But if you are looking for a movie that is entertaining and has an amazing cast, that is not predictable and has a very interesting and entertaining ending, then this is definitely the movie for you. This is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who loves movies that are entertaining, and have an interesting and entertaining ending.

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Doris S.

As an art film, this is a good one. The acting is good and the storyline is good. I found it interesting how the movie moved from one character to another, giving the viewer a sense of being part of the story. It is also interesting that the acting is not the best in the world, but it is what makes the movie enjoyable. It is not a masterpiece, but it is still a good movie.

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Very strange movie, not like any of the others by David Fincher. There is a lot of violence and a lot of sex. But it is not gratuitous. It is really funny. The acting is really good, but I would have preferred if it had a bit more of the mystery to it. I am a bit surprised about this movie being rated 8, even for a David Fincher movie. At least this movie has some freshness. There are more references to the others than the others. I recommend it.

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Wayne G.

The Art of Self-Defense is a very good movie. The acting is great. The story is interesting. The direction is very good. The camera work is very good. The only thing I didn't like about the movie was the ending. I wanted to see more of the characters. The movie is very well made. It's one of the best films I've seen this year. I recommend this movie to everyone.

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Sean Peterson

What was to be a true gem turned out to be a movie filled with cliches and some less than mediocre acting. It's the story of James Burroughs, who uses a lot of the techniques used by John Woo in the "Face/Off" movies, to bring his past to the surface. James Burroughs was a small-time businessman who in 1974 had to make a decision to go to jail or risk losing his company to the Russian mafia. In this movie, he got caught, and is now a fugitive. As he travels across America, he finds himself in all sorts of situations. At one point, he's a millionaire who gets picked up by a busload of criminals. When he's taken back to prison, he is given the opportunity to do the right thing by revealing the identity of the killer who is impersonating him. At the same time, he also gets a good friend, David Dunn, to help him get out. Burroughs is quite entertaining in the role, and the supporting cast is quite good. It is the story of Burroughs, who gets caught in a crossfire between the Russians and the Mafia, and he is given a second chance. There's also a subplot about a young woman, Nancy, who is a former student of Burroughs, and who has been expecting her second chance with Burroughs. All in all, it's a nice movie that can be enjoyed by fans of the genre. I recommend it.

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Emily Owens

I'm not a big fan of Tyler Perry movies, but I was very impressed with this one. The story is very simple, and the characters are very well drawn. The main character is a really cute and likable girl, and the other characters are also good. It's a very realistic story, and the way the movie tells it is very nice. It's also really funny, which is a plus. The ending is also very good, it makes me happy and sad at the same time. This is a very good movie, it is worth watching.

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Paul O.

This is a very good movie, and I think that people who don't like it are really missing out. First of all, this is a movie that you will watch over and over and over again. You will watch it the first time and then again and again and again. There is no way you will be able to predict how the movie is going to end. The acting is superb, and the plot is amazing. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes movies that are unique and original. Also, the story is really cool, and the movie is very interesting. I think that this is one of the best movies of all time.

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Dorothy W.

A very good film that is very well made. If you're looking for something new, look no further. It's about a murder investigation and the politics that are involved. It's also a film about the politics of the criminal justice system and how the system works. It's very well acted, and it's interesting to see the different characters who are involved in the case. The film is very realistic and very well made. I think it's worth seeing. It's also a good film to show your kids.

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I'm a big fan of Tim Robbins, and this movie is a great example of his work. I liked this movie because it's a nice mix of comedy and drama. The movie also has a good message about having faith and not being afraid to stand up for what you believe in. I also like the fact that it's set in the 90's. I think it's a great way to show the 90's. It's a movie that you can watch with your family or your friends, and you'll enjoy it!