BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
OCTOBER 29, 2013
Led wonderfully by the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who steps into the writing and directing chair, on top of acting, “Don Jon” delivers an introspective and occasionally funny look at “porn addiction” and how it fits into a person’s life. A strange subject matter to base a film around, HitRECord’s Gordon-Levitt does a decent job of keeping the focus on his main character, Jon, and his relationships with his family, friends, and new girlfriend, played by Scarlett Johansson. Playboy Jon is looking to try settling down with Barbara (Johansson). Unable to leave his virtual world of sex behind, he leans on his faith and his church (the gym) to reconcile with himself that he can quit whenever he wants. Landing more on the surface rather than taking any real look at the problem, the intention of “Don Jon” remains to entertain rather than cause one to think about the issue. With some spectacular supporting presences from Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, and even Brie Larson, these stars help Joseph Gordon-Levitt deliver the film’s highlight performance. With a successful first venture, it will be interesting to see where Gordon-Levitt and HitRECord go next.
September 27, 2013
(for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use)