By: Nevra Azerkan
Don Jon was written and directed by the amazingly awesome, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He also portrays the main character in the film that also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza.
The story revolves around Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), known as Don Jon to his friends because he manages to always pick up perfect “10s” every weekend at the club. He only cares about his body, his pad, his ride, family, church, his boys, his girls and porn. However, despite his many hookups none of them leave him as satisfied as he is when he watches pornography on his computer. In an attempt to find something more meaningful he begins a relationship with Barbara Sugarman (Johansson) to the delight of his mother and father (Danza). However, things aren’t as great as he thought they would be and he finds an unlikely friend in one of his classmates, Esther (Moore). To top it off he comes from a Catholic family living in New Jersey. Yeah, that sets up a really vivid and interesting stage.
Don’t be dissuaded by the constant porn montages, underneath it all this movie shows a journey of a man with an addiction that learns to overcome it when his view is changed by someone who see’s the world differently than he does. He has constantly surrounded himself with fake people and Sugarman seems to be no different. It isn’t until he gets to know Esther that he gets to experience something new and real. It may start out as discovering the feeling of actual intimacy, but it becomes much more for him as he takes on a new perspective in life.
I honestly thought the film went by too quickly and I wanted more. The storyline was engaging, the porn clips were hilarious and had the entire audience cracking up especially because of their placement within the film and the acting on all the main actors was spot on. Joseph Gordon-Levitt can seriously play any role and be completely believable at it. Danza, Johansson and Moore were all perfect for their roles and delivered. Brie Larson who played Don Jon’s sister is silent throughout most of the movie until she gives a profound speech at the end and becomes a scene stealer.
Don Jon is an honest film and an impeccable directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Definitely check it out, but not suitable for kids (obviously) and I wouldn’t go with Mom or Dad…I mean you could, but I have already heard some of those horror stories.