Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson
Directed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Synopsis: 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.
I’m a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an actor. He’s an up and comer, someone who I think, if he hasn’t already, is going to hit big time. It looks as though he also has the directing chops as well, because Don Jon was an accomplished debut feature.
It won’t win any awards, and it won’t be at the top of many peoples best of the year lists, but it was a more than watchable effort for any director, let alone a first time one, who also happened to write it and star in it as well.
So JGL is caught in a bit of a porn addiction. Most guys are (aren’t we? Guys? Guys?!) but Don Jon takes it to a new level. Not satisfied with having real sex every weekend (Don Jon, Don Juan, get it?) he has to roll out of bed straight after his conquest has fallen asleep and sit in front of his laptop doing what he loves to do.
The thing is, he doesn’t reckon with the hottest girl he’s ever met. The beautiful but slightly out of touch with reality Scarlett Johansson. She can’t stand porn. In fact, she thinks all couples behave like they do in rom-coms and fairy tales. This is slightly at odds with Don Jon’s objectification of the fairer species. See where this is heading?
I thought it all worked fairly well. The concept was good, JGL and Scarlett Johansson were excellent. Jon’s family were a bit cliche in that Italian American bada bing kind of way, but the focus should be on the two leads anyway. Julianne Moore was great as usual, playing an almost mentor role to Jon.
Overall I think JGL can be pretty pleased with his first directors job, and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.