The Art of Self-Defense

Date & Time

Tuesday, August 6 (View All Dates)
7:00 pm


City Cinema, 64 King St, Charlottetown

Contact Information

902-368-3637 (Venue)

Cost & Tickets

→ Pay Online (Buy Tickets)
→ Pay At The Door

Favourite Share Tweet

14A, violence
Dir:  Riley Stearns, US, 2019, 104 min.
Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots

“Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) needs to change his life. Single, friendless, and picked on at work, he’s a wimp, a lamb in a world of wolves. And after getting randomly attacked on the street while out buying dog food, he decides that it’s now or never. So he signs up at a local dojo run by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, ready to learn the tenets of karate. I’m afraid of other men, he tells Sensei. They intimidate me. I want to be what intimidates me. Be careful what you wish for, Casey. Though the classes boost his confidence and defense skills, the confrontation with his co-workers is the uproarious centerpiece of the film. Casey soon realizes that something deeply sinister is happening within the dojo’s walls, and now he’s in too deep. Blending big, broad laughs with go-for-the-throat thriller conventions, The Art Of Self-Defense is a blackly comic, often shocking deconstruction of toxic masculinity… and a wicked satire on those who prey on American insecurity.”—Marcus Gorman, Seattle International Film Festival