run time: 90 mins
considered: Comedy, Drama
starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlet Johansson, Juilanne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson
movie summary: A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Early reviews from friends told me that Don Jon was similar to a porno because it is all about sex. Their assessment was not too far off with the amount of nudity in this movie. Joseph Gordon Levitt stars in his own film, that he wrote and directed, about a guy who loves the women he sleeps with in real life, but has a deep dark secret…he’s addicted to porn.
His character Jon, is a loyal catholic who attends church with his family every Sunday and repents his weekly sins during his workout routine on Mondays. Almost every night Jon and his buddies hit up the night clubs where he always brings home a new girl to sleep with. After sex, he sneaks away to watch some internet porn to make himself happy (again).
One night he meets the girl of his dreams, Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) and begins a steamy relationship with her. After she starts spending nights at his place, he gets caught watching porn. Jon proceeds to tell a lie to get out of the situation, and vows to himself he would never watch porn again because he’s in love.
Their fairy tale romance is soon on the rocks once Jon returns to his porn watching ways. He befriends an older lady named Esther (Julianne Moore) at school, who has addictions of her own. Together the pair form a friendship that help one another deal with their own personal problems. It is a unusal bond, but both of them might have finally found something they have always been looking for.
Don Jon was the brainstorm of Gordon-Levitt who created and directed this funny story. It is jammed pack with hilarious dialogue and story telling, but ultimately isn’t that great of a movie. The story is very repetitive and portrays girls as an item to be acquired instead of actually being human with emotions and feelings. There is a lot of nudity that you wouldn’t see in regular movies so this should draw huge with the male audiences. Some of the most entertaining parts throughout the film come thanks to Jon’s dad played by Tony Danza.
Overall, Don Jon wasn’t worth the full price of admission, but would be a good pick on a cheap day.
my star rating: 5 out 10
2 thoughts on “Don Jon (2013)”
Bit messy towards the end, but nonetheless, still a very entertaining, funny, and sweet rom-com that proves JGL is a force to be reckoned with in any many more ways than one. Good review Ryan.
Messy is an understatement! Who chooses Julianna Moore over Scatlett Johansson?!? Ha ha. JGL will get a lot of positive attention from this one and his potential Robin bodybuilding routine.