Don Jon is an upcoming film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza. This new movie is directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is about Jon Martello (Levitt) or as his friends call him Don Jon. This modern day Don Juan objectifies everything in his life especially women. He earned this nickname due to the fact that Don Jon is able to pull “10’s” every weekend. But the great Don Jon has a porn addiction and this has made him dissatisfied with life and this is where he decides to find a more gratifying sex life. He sees the bigger picture eventually and learns more about life and love through two different women. Don Jon premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January. Check out what critics have to say about this new film below:
“Don Jon – A True Original Piece
If you’ve already been impressed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s transition from a child television actor to a popular and well-loved A-list actor, one who regularly supports individual creativity, then his directorial debut “Don Jon” (formerly “Don Jon’s Addiction”) should give you an even great respect for the actor-turned-filmmaker.
We’ve seen Gordon-Levitt play lots of memorable characters before, but none like “Don” Jon Martello, a character he created entirely from scratch, not only developing him as an actor, but as a writer and director as well. In the first few minutes of the movie, the clean-shaven Italian American explains via a deep voice-over his manifesto to life which involves watching porn and going on the prowl for women at the club with his “boys”–two friends not quite on Jon’s level whose discussions mostly involve rating women.
Watching Gordon-Levitt picking up women with just a glance, grinding against them on the dance floor, making out with them and then taking them to his spotless apartment just adds to the mystique of the character, but when he and his boys spot Scarlett Johansson’s Barbara Sugarman at the club, Jon thinks he’s found his “10.” Barbara is unlike other women in that she won’t sleep with him right away, giving Jon a challenge that he feels is worth it. Not that it matters since Jon prefers masturbating to porn over having actual sex, dissecting his sex clips like a critic might a work of art to find ones that give him the most satisfaction. Jon’s favorite pastime starts to become an increasingly larger problem as he starts to develop feelings for the attractive Barbara and things start getting more serious.
Considering the serious nature of sex addiction and how it’s been depicted in films like “Searching for Mr. Goodbar” and “Shame,” it’s interesting to see how Gordon-Levitt uses it in a humorous way without using Jon as a caricature to make this a “character comedy.” Even though the movie does involve sex and relationships, it’s not exactly a “romantic comedy” either, which may be why it’s able to diverge from the typical comedy formulas and story structures we’re used to.
Gordon-Levitt has clearly learned a lot from being in great movies like “(500) Days of Summer” and “50/50,” which is not to take anything away from his achievement, but you really need to know what a good screenplay is before you can write one yourself, and the screenplay for “Don Jon” is absolutely brilliant.”
The rest of the review can be read at Comingsoon.net.
Don Jon is scheduled to be released in theaters on September 27th 2013.
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