Self-defense in the movies

There’s a new movie out The Art of Self-Defense that reminds me of a grown-up version of The Karate Kid. I haven’t seen it yet, Rotten Tomatoes described it as:

After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), 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. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.

Have you seen it? Will you see it? Does it hurt or help the view of self-defense?


Have not seen it and don’t plan on it. Some will use it to denounce “self defense” but more appropriately sounds like vigilante justice.

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Haven’t seen it yet… probably will, sometime… not rush…
For me, none of “action”, “violence”, “self-defense” movies change my behavior or thinking.
But sometimes such movie can show situations you could not expect…


… which covers about 75% of the action movies produced today.

I enjoy many of those for the entertainment value, and I don’t take any of them as a guide to how I should behave. Any more than I take romantic comedies as a guide to how I should behave.

I’ll probably see it, if it comes out on DVD at a lower than blockbuster price.


That is true. And most of the actors are the anti gun Hollywood elite.
I’ll wait for it on Netflix.


Well, dang, there goes my plan to drive my lawnmower under my wife’s window, while holding a boombox over my head.

See I need some serious brownie points. I’ve been saving for a year to get the Sig pistol carbine called “The Rattler”. In .300 Blackout with a red dot sight.

Want it for my car gun.


Ha! Just know your woman… we’re all suckers for SOMEthing :smiley:


Thanks for this movie tip; I’ve not seen it yet. The following film made me think to be more prepared for it felt all to real, depicting a what if scenario of an economic, resource or utility mass disaster: “The Blackout” (2014)

Well, here is the story at IMDB.

No, it does neither, it is just a movie, has nothing to do with self-defense nor reality.