Release Date: September 27, 2013
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Screenwriter: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, Glenne Headly
MPAA Rating: R (for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use)
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Review: 8.5/10 rating
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Plot Summary: Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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I just saw this film at TIFF and found it to be very enjoyable.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson lit up the screen and projected a very humorous representation of New Jersey dating and life. Scarlett’s hand movements and gum chewing were a little over the top but I will give it a pass based on the genre of the film, I mean hey, comedy is in exaggeration of the truth right?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt also pulled a nasty trick on me by including Tony Danza. I have a soft spot for Danza and found his character in this film to be a perfect looking glass into Don Jon’s future if he followed his current path.
Julianne Moore’s character was funny and added depth, during the film her character reveals some dark events in her history without providing much detail. The story of her past became an interesting point that was never explored or fleshed out, and leads to my one dislike in the film: the ending.
This is one of those endings where you can picture people sitting in a room scratching their heads, not sure what to do, so they just stop the film and show the title. The lesson in the end was not what I was hoping, but perhaps I was just looking for validation for the Don Jon I see in myself.
Go see this movie with someone who loves to laugh.