The Art of Self-Defense

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Quirky, mature comedy tackles the illusion of masculinity.

R 2019 104 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Never really fulfils its potential

Not really suitable for kids under 14yrs (Multiple sexual practices referenced or suggested and a suicide) and even then , if my sons reaction was anything to go by, they will probably not enjoy it because it's not very good. Mediocre would be a generous description for this movie. It raised the odd chuckle but really struggles with fulfilling its potential as a black comedy. The script is far less accomplished than it presumably set out to be and even the presence of Jesse Eisenberg can't save it. It's a shame, because the overall premise had potential.
age 18+

UNFUNNY, juvenile and lazy.

They try to go for a quirky, dark version of "Napoleon Dynamite" humor, but almost everything falls flat as stupid clashes with the pathetic reasoning of why any of this could even possibly happen in the first place. I didn't get Napoleon the first time, but came to appreciate it later. This movie, however is so nporly executed and explained, that there is no immersion, and past the first few acts, little to no likable players. To top it off, the ending is just so garbage and a face slap that you'll wonder why you even bothered. Wanted to love the concept, but this isn't a dark comedy, it's just depressingly dumb. Note that there are female nude pictures in the movie for younger viewers and masturbation.

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