First Glance: “The Art of Self-Defense”


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.

8 thoughts on “First Glance: “The Art of Self-Defense”

  1. Maybe. Depends on the reviews. If it’s a movie that takes a condescending attitude towards its main character, not interested. Might be a hint of that in the trailer.

    • I didn’t really pick up on that. I just viewed it as a quirky dark comedy which is something Eisenberg does really well. We shall see soon.

  2. I’m definitely going to check this one out. Jesse Eisenberg has that certain awkward quality that speaks to me. It kind of looks like dumb fun with a just a smidge of inspirational message. Nothing too sappy. I like dark comedy.

    • I’m really interested in it. I like slightly goofy dark comedy and this looks like that. But I also think it could have a surprising amount of heart. Anxious to check it out.

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