While not purely outstanding, Nima Nourizadeh’s entertaining out-of-the-blue Jesse Eisenberg action romp, American Ultra, was a definitive change of pace for the actor best known for quieter, more subtle roles emulating innocuous “beta male” types. Such is what you’ll find at the top of Faults helmer Riley Stearns’ The Art Of Self-Defense before the rest of the narrative unfolds from its cautionary exploration of male toxicity with a touch of nudity and gender disparity.
Just in time for the Cobra Kai hype, Jesse Eisenberg is following up his SXSW outing in writer/director Riley Stearns’ latest, The Art Of Self-Defense with a progressive theatircal rollout this July. The offiical trailer is now up and running… that is, unlike Eisenberg’s character, a bookeeper who is apparently done with running from thugs. Instead, now he’s throat punching people in mid-dialogue and taking on his low key maniacal karate teacher, played by actor Alessandro Nivola.
Jesse Eisenberg’s acting nods to his kind of signature wry appeal seen in films like Zombieland, The Social Network and even American Ultra. More can be seen in the official trailer for Riley Stearns’ new film, The Art Of Self-Defense, which I can safely say bodes as more black in its comedy than I thought.
The Art Of Self-Defense is produced by The End Cue’s Andrew Kortschak, Cody Ryder, Stephanie Whonsetler and Walter Kortschak. Worldwide distribution rights have been acquired by Bleecker Street whose Andrew Karpen serves as executive producer, and whose Kent Sanderson and Avy Eschenasy struck the deal with the filmmakers’ reps, CAA.