The Art of Self Defense
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The Art of Self Defense

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Sat Jan 11 8:15 PM

Jetty Memorial Theatre
Assisted Listening
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General Admission
104 Mins
January
Sat Jan 11

Sun Jan 19

Jesse Eisenberg sweeps the leg in this jet-black, deadpan comedy that hits the American man where it hurts. 

Jesse Eisenberg plays Casey, an objectively weak human being – meek in his personal relationships, timid in his workplace, and generally terrified in public interactions. After failing to flee from conflict, Casey is attacked and mugged by masked assailants. He takes the first step towards not being a loser and joins a karate dojo full of winners. Under the guidance of a charismatic, sensei (a formidable Alessandro Nivola), who has amassed a personal martial arts cult through fear and strength, Casey begins his warrior journey. As Casey’s skill and strength builds, he begins to lead a more powerful and masculine life, becoming dominant at work, standing up for himself in public, and upgrading his tiny dachshund to a beast befitting his deadliness.

Riley Stearns sophomore feature is an achingly funny satire of toxic masculinity with stellar support from Imogen Poots as the dojo’s sole female instructor, but its Jesse Eisenberg who provides his best performance to date, masterfully transforming from meek to mighty.

Do you understand? YES, SENSEI!

“The Art of Self-Defense feels like an instant offbeat comedy classic – one to be endlessly quoted and shared and revisited for years to come.” – Birth.Movies.Death
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Jetty Memorial Theatre

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