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The Art of Self-Defense

2019
Comedy, Crime
1h 44m
After he's attacked on the street at night, timid bookkeeper Casey joins a neighborhood karate studio. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei, and hardcore brown belt Anna, 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.
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Rated
14th
55
Far more insipid than I was expecting, TAOSD takes itself too seriously to be a cartoon, yet is too cartoonish to be taken seriously. Starts off with promise but jumps off the deep end before long and continues to spiral into complete absurdity. Horrifically lazy satirical social commentary on "toxic masculinity." Worst of all was knowing exactly where it was heading by the halfway point. Yuck.
Rated
53rd
67
Fun satire on masculinity - Fight Club by way of Jeremy Saulnier, though not quite up there with either.
Rated
82nd
82
Basically just Lanthimos + Jody Hill, whats not to like?
Rated
32nd
67
The idea of the movie is better than what is delivered. For a movie so heavily influenced by the works of Lanthimos, it never achieves the status of satirical parable. It opts into being a psychological thriller/comedy. Instead of characters representing differing perspectives of a thematic conversation, they exist as one-dimensional knee jerk reactions. Victims. So much potential, but I don’t believe Stearns was clear on his own intentions. False sense of morality kills it.
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