Don Jon Poster

Joseph Gordon Levitt’s writing and directorial debut is definitely not what I was expecting, but it’s surprisingly good even though it’s his first film.

Don Jon is the story of Jon (played by Gordon-Levitt), a young man from New Jersey who only cares about a few things in his life. These things are (in his own words):

“My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. And my porn.”

Despite being labelled Don Jon because of his ability to pull women, Jon admits that he likes porn more than he likes actual sex. Jon has no issues about his life in general… that is until he meets Barbara (played by Johansson), a beautiful woman who he immediately falls for, but, unlike many of his other conquests, won’t put out. Jon decides to put his player ways on hold and to start dating Barbara. Everything is going great until one night when Barbara discovers Jon watching porn. Unfortunately for Jon, Barbara is less than pleased when she discovers he likes a little bit of virtual pleasure on the side.

The Good

  • Great sense of comedic timing
  • Some really subtle (but laugh out loud) humour
  • Some not so subtle (but still laugh out loud) humour
  • Great performances from Johansson, Levitt, Moore, and Tony Danza
  • Extremely well paced
  • Interesting characters
  • Manages to get both the male and female view of pornography across

The OK

  • The ending is a bit too Hollywood
  • Some people may find the exaggerated aspects of the characters annoying, but I found it added to the comedy
  • Fairly simplistic plot, but it’s a comedy, so it’s not something that counts too much against it

The Bad

  • There was nothing that I found offensive, but there was a lot more sex and nudity on display than I was expecting, and this may upset some people

Movie Opinion

Let me start off by saying I was surprised this movie only has a 16 age restriction. Yes, there’s no full frontal nudity and nothing is shown below the waist, but it’s still pretty graphic. Now that I’ve put that out there for anyone who may find nudity and sex offensive, let me just say that the movie is still damn funny. Considering this is an American film I was amazed to see such subtle humour being used at times (no offence to any American readers, it’s just that most American comedies tend to be in your face).

It’s also one of those films in which the men in the audience will no doubt be nodding along in agreement, whenever a point is made about how men view porn and relationships. At the same time the movie points out the problems with Jon’s habit and also gives the female view on the issue, so it’s not like the film is purely a pro-porn propaganda piece.

Overall, Don Jon was a well balanced, funny film with strong characters and interesting views on various things in life (porn was only one of them). However, I wouldn’t suggest taking a girl to see this film on your first date, unless you know for sure that she’s pretty open minded about sex and sexuality in general.

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