I’m a sucker for weird, off-beat comedies and Riley Stearns certainly seems to have one for us with “The Art of Self-Defense”. Stearns writes and directs this darkly funny movie about a mild-mannered accountant who seeks to learn self-defense after being attacked by a bully motorcycle gang. It’s a pretty basic idea on the surface but there is definitely a quirky sense of humor at its core.
Who better to play a mild-mannered accountant than Jesse Eisenberg. In the first trailer we see him perfectly portraying the timid and insecure Casey who seeks help from a local Sensei (Alessandro Nivola). Imogen Poots also stars in what looks to be a dry and wacky independent comedy.
“The Art of Self-Defense” hits theaters July 12th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.