Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt who wrote the screenplay, directed and starred in Don Jon put it all out on the line.  My body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, and my porn is what his character Jon Martello is all about as he would you.  The trivialization of his addiction to porn by his character keeps him from having meaningful relationships with woman.  You may want to call this a love story, but it's quite more complicated than that.

Jon as he would explain it cannot compare sex with a real woman to that of porn for a number of reasons.  Including the fact that porn would not reject you, the woman in the adult movies always look like a 10, and that they never ask anything in return.  Even after hooking up with women that are 10s, you would still hear the familiar sound of his Mac notebook powering on and you can guess the rest.

This changes when he meets a New Jersey princess he calls the most beautiful woman he has ever met in Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson).  After catching him once, she threatens to leave him if he does it again.  He struggles quite humorously, each time ending in a confessional at his local church with a progress report.  Besides porn, she works to change his life for the betterment of him including having him take night classes.  This is where Jon meets the older quirky Esther (Julianne Moore).  As the story starts evolves, the dynamic between Jon and Barbara and Jon and Ester changes as he learns what love is and what really makes him happy.

I really like Joseph's performance in his role though I am not fond of the character that he plays.  Julianne also does a great job as well.  Scarlett Johansson besides being great eye candy for the movie overacts in the film and is just unbelievable in her role bordering on nauseating.  

Overall, I would recommend this film though due to the subject matter it is not for everyone.  It is definitely a movie targeting the "male" audience.  It makes you wonder if the movie is just an amazing feat by writing a screenplay to get one of the most beautiful leading ladies of Hollywood to make out with you in your movie.  But of course it is just more than that.  After all that is something that "Don Jon" might do, but certainly not Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Watch this movie for laughs, and not for its twisted moral lessons.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jon "Don Jon" Martello, Jr.
  • Scarlett Johansson as Barbara Sugarman
  • Julianne Moore as Esther
  • Glenne Headly as Angela Martello
  • Tony Danza as Jon Martello, Sr.
  • Brie Larson as Monica Martello
  • Lindsey Broad as Lauren
  • Rob Brown as Bobby
  • Italia Ricci as Gina
  • Jeremy Luke as Danny
  • Sloane Avery as Patricia
  • Amanda Perez as Lisa
  • Loanne Bishop as Barbara's mom
  • Sarah Dumont as Sequins

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