Don Jon (2013)

Don Jon
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Writer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, and with cameos by [SPOILERS] Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Meagan Good, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Plot:
Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) goes out with his friends every weekend and brings home a new girl every weekend too. But actually he’s more interested in watching porn that is better than the actual sex for him. After Saturday’s fun, Sunday’s confession is a given, too. Then Jon meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) who is pretty and knows exactly what she wants. And that includes changing Jon’s life.

Don Jon was sweet and funny. Gordon-Levitt shows a good sense of timing, but sometimes he came on a bit strong and the message and plot could have been handled with more subtlety.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt impressed me (again) with this film. Not only was his acting spot-on as usual, but his directing showed a great sense of pacing, especially in the way he used the soundtrack and the beats he put to them and his writing showed a good understanding of his characters.

As I said, he sometimes was a little too clear with what he was trying to say. He basically spelled out the message he wanted to send several times.  He made absolutely clear what the problem with Barbara was. In short, he left not much room for doubt or interpretation where he really could have to make it feel less like a precooked meal.

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But that’s not really a major issue and is more than made up for by the warmth and sense of humor that runs throughout the entire story. And of course, by the wonderful performances by both Scarlett Johansson (who seemed to have the time of her life) and Julianne Moore.

And I did appreciate the film’s message because it did not wag its finger at porn in general. It didn’t clamor for the prohibition of porn. It showed that porn can be extremely problematic when it reduces the women in it to cocksucking machines. And it can be problematic, like any other thing, when you have too much of it, when you get addicted. And that I can agree with.

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Summarizing: a very nice watch.

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