alessandro nivola

V.28 No.29 | 7/18/2019
The Art of Self-Defense

Film Review

The Art of Self-Defense

Violent comedy finds humor in the hypermasculine

Twenty years ago Fight Club taught us the dangerous, contusion-filled consequences of toxic masculinity. Fifteen years ago, Napoleon Dynamite encouraged us to root for alienated dorks. Now the blackly comic indie film The Art of Self-Defense comes along to serve as the seemingly ill-conceived but somehow harmonious love child of those two cult favorites.