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Don Jon Reviews

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August 20, 2017
i think there are movies and shows that come out that say something about human nature which make us really uncomfortable. so we come up with a bunch of stupid ass reasons that we don't like it (Family guy is about how stupid everyone is, that's why most people don't like it)
this is a film about the shallow and vain reasons a lot of people enter into relationships. i think it's a great fucking film.
August 17, 2017
GREG: (Greg Smith, Founder of Agile Writers of Richmond, VA) Scott, get ready for a modern Don Juan.

SCOTT: (Dr. Scott Allison, Professor of Psychology, University of Richmond) This movie may be a tear-jerker about lost love but you won t see me break out a box of Kleenex.

GREG: Don Jon is Joseph Gordon-Levitt s directorial debut and his first screenplay as well. We meet Jon (whose friends call him The Don because he s a master of the pickup) at a local bar where he and his friends are rating women on a scale from one to ten. Jon has good luck with the ladies, nightly scoring with eights and above. One night, he spies Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) who is a perfect ten - a dime. He is then in pursuit of this beauty, willing to give up his life of debauchery and even go to school to please his woman.

SCOTT: But one thing Don Jon is not willing to give up is his porn addiction. When Barbara discovers that he watches porn, she orders him to stop. But he can t stop because he realizes that he prefers porn to actual sex. Jon is able to hide his habit from her, or so he thinks. Meanwhile, at school he meets an older woman named Esther (Julianne Moore) who is definitely not his type -- or so he thinks. There is some connection between the two and eventually Don Jon must make a decision between having his porn, having Barbara, or having Esther.

GREG: This is a clever and occasionally uncomfortable movie to watch. It deals with a man s addiction to porography. And it gets a bit graphic. Jon tells us that he loves the detail he gets in his porn. Real women can t compare because they all want to use the missionary position or refuse to give him oral sex. Jon s father is a classic Italian-American played by Tony Danza (still in good shape for a guy his age). He s impressed with Jon s new acquisition of Barbara. It s one of the few things Jon s father approves of. The scenes at Jon s family house remind me of the opening scenes to 1977 s Saturday Night Fever. Jon s mom just wants him to get married and give her some grand children while his younger sister is engrossed in her cell phone - texting away.

SCOTT: Don Jon Is a crude yet fascinating foray into the world of not just porn addiction but also sex addiction. We encounter a young man whose priorities center on the physical world, especially his car, apartment, girlfriends, sexual release, and building up his body. His life is as shallow and superficial as it gets, and the whole point of the movie is to portray how he becomes aware of this shallowness and is able to do something about it. For me, this movie is all about growing and evolving from an adolescent mindset and lifestyle into adult maturity. Although Don Jon is truly entertaining, I confess to wincing at the horrific way in which Don Jon and his friends view women as objects to be conquered. It s also painful to watch him fight his sex addiction without much success. His only hope is to discover a new and healthier worldview about romance, and it s enjoyable to watch the transformation slowly unfold.

GREG: Scott, I think you ve summed it up pretty well. I had a hard time with this film because it took nearly half of the 90-minute running time to get to the conflict - the point where Jon meets Esther. I was wondering what this film was about for that whole time. I enjoyed the many devices Gordon-Levitt used in his storytelling: the opening porn montage, the pickup montage, and a great stop-motion montage when his character goes on a porn binge. However, the film never recovered from the slow pace and late introduction of Esther. I give Don Jon 3 out of 5 Reels. I liked Jon s transformation but I found it a bit unbelievable so I give him 3 out of 5 Heroes. Movie: Heroes:

SCOTT: Greg, I agree that the major plot-points in Don Jon unfold a bit too slowly. The film spends too much time portraying the details of Jon s sex addiction and too little time on the details of his transformation from a sex-crazed adolescent to a mature adult human male. Still, this is one of the few movies that I ve seen that deal with what could be a porn addiction epidemic in our society. The movie s take-home message about mature love, and how to acquire it, is both rare and commendable. I m also awarding Don Jon 3 Reels out of 5. The story of a man s ability to conquer his addiction is well done and has many of the elements of the classic hero s journey. Jon is thrown into an unfamiliar world, encounters help from two unlikely sources, has entanglements with at least two different father figures, and emerges forever changed. For this reason I ll bump up my heroes rating to 4 out of 5. Movie: Heroes:
August 16, 2017
A pretty smart comedy about relationships and addiction.
July 17, 2017
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It's a very different movie than what was advertised in the trailers. I recommend watching it!
½ July 5, 2017
Already a great actor, Gordon-Levitt adds top notch director to his credentials. His style is exciting and confident and he does a great job of coaxing quality performances from his cast. Johansson is the highlight as Jon's sultry girlfriend. I wasn't a big fan of the ending, as something about it just felt off to me.
Super Reviewer
June 22, 2017
entertaining but unmemorable
May 6, 2017
Film about a guy addicted to porn. Some good acting from Levitt and Johanssen, some really good chemistry made it feel real. Some funny moments
May 3, 2017
Such a terrible movie!! All about porn! No love story or plot!
½ May 2, 2017
Not sure what I watched
March 18, 2017
Interesting debut film that explores that most complex problem--sexual relations and under what circumstances do we enjoy it the most. What is necessary to make it special and satisfying. I like there answers that this film gave.
½ March 15, 2017
I think Joseph Gordon Levitt has some real talent and this film shows his progression from being in front of the camera to behind it.
February 23, 2017
It was disappointing. Way too much sex and awkward scenes. Joseph can act, but his character is pretty unlike-able. His directing is a bit stale as it follows a set pattern and therefore loses any sense of adventure. Despite this it was competent direction. It drove home it's idea though, However, there was still too much porn and sex. Joseph needs to learn to hold back and let what he doesn't show have impact. As Martin Scorsese says, "Film is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out". Joseph only has a feel for directing what's in the frame. I see potential here, but this film is ultimately a dud despite some funny and real moments.
½ February 16, 2017
Sorry, Joe. You played a shallow character well. I want my hour and 30 mins back considering it's just a story about nothing worth watching.
February 10, 2017
I wanted to watch this movie to hear the horrible accents, but found something much, much worse. I hate him. I cry. I did not laugh. Comedy? No? I lost all faith in men and love. And women. I'm gone. Bye.
February 7, 2017
Great comedy film. I loved it JGL is great at directing and acting. I agreed with s lot of the stuff he was saying also
February 6, 2017
4 ud af 5 gokkesokker. Vidunderligt lystspil skrevet og instrueret af den megatalentfulde Gordon-Levitt, som også spiller hovedrollen. Og når jeg siger lystspil, er det bare formen, for der er en dybere alvor bag facaden, end man normalt ser i amerikanske film. Pligtpensum for alle unge (og ældre), der kunne føle sig blindt og ukritisk lokket af overfladisk skønhed og tosomheds- og kernefamiliefælden.
½ February 4, 2017
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first directing feature "Don Jon" is a romantic comedy that features sharp dialogue and poignant humour while anchored by strong performances from its cast.
January 20, 2017
Writer, Director and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt displays his talent as a director and continues to show he can play any role. Even a porn addicted meathead.
January 20, 2017
Great directing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with a risky topic, he managed to show in a stylish way how to tell an unorthodox but universal story.
January 11, 2017
The first half is shallow as it's supposed to be. The second half is surprisingly profound. Thought I would hate it, but it really got me with the end. The story isn't just "about porn" but that real life with all its complexities is much sweeter than fantasy.
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