The Art of Self-Defense Makes A Menacing Joke Of Toxic Masculinity

Reviewed by Kristy Puchko

You probably think you can kick Jesse Eisenberg’s ass. Which makes him perfectly cast as the protagonist of The Art of Self-Defense, a dark comedy exploring the allure and dangers of toxic masculinity. Writer/director Riley Stearns applies a crisp and dark sense of humor to a low-key thriller about one man’s quest to become the thing that scares him most: a man’s man.

Casey Davies (Eisenberg) is a nebbish, lonely loser who is almost cripplingly intimidated by other…