The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 comedy-thriller movie directed by Riley Stearns, who also wrote the film’s screenplay. The story follows Casey, who after being put in a defenseless situation on the street signs up for a dojo headed by a mysterious sensei in order to learn martial arts and defend himself.

Here’s how you can watch and stream The Art of Self-Defense via streaming services such as HBO Max.

Is The Art of Self-Defense available to watch via streaming?

Yes, The Art of Self-Defense is available to watch via streaming on HBO Max.

The story follows Casey, a mild-mannered and awkward accountant who one day finds himself brutally attacked and humiliated in the street by a motorcycle gang. Casey, scarred by the event and wishing to learn self-defense to protect himself in the future signs up for a dojo headed by a mysterious sensei. Casey soon falls into a world where fraternity, hypermasculinity, and violence are favored. Along the way, he meets a young woman trying to find her place in the violent world.

The Art of Self-Defense’s cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Steve Terada, David Zellner, Philip Andre Botello, Jason Burkey, Hauke Bahr, and Dallas Edwards.

Watch The Art of Self-Defense streaming via HBO Max

The Art of Self-Defense is available to watch on HBO Max. HBO Max is a streaming service owned by Warner Bros. Discovery. Max offers subscribers a variety of content drawn from the libraries of Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and other WB Discovery-owned networks, in addition to offering its own original programming.

You can watch via Max, formerly known as HBO Max by following these steps:

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  5. Select ‘Create Account’

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The Art of Self-Defense’s synopsis is as follows:

“Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for her place in it.”

NOTE: The streaming services listed above are subject to change. The information provided was correct at the time of writing.

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