Nothing beats a good ol' porno.
Don't watch this movie if sex makes you uncomfortable. I'm assuming that's how this little old couple felt that rushed out of the theater I was in about 5 minutes into this movie.
Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is your stereotypical New Jersey meat head who has it all. He's good with the ladies, he loves his family and friends, he regularly attends church, and he's also addicted to pornography. He says it many times, real sex is great, but nothing beats porn. When he meets the perfect woman, Barbara, (Scarlett Johansson) he doesn't tell her about porn. And in some ways, Barbara is also living in a little fantasy world. One that's just like the romantic comedies we see, where the man drops everything to be with the girl of his dreams.
Don Jon definitely stretched it's R rating to the limits. Repetition is a big thing in this movie, there's plenty of shots intertwined with scenes from porn and multiple scenes of Jon's routines. (and his hilarious confessions at church) But Don Jon is more than just T&A. It brings up good points about a lot of double standards there are out there. JGL, in his directorial debut pokes fun a lot of these standards. Not to mention he and Scarlett Johansson nail those thick Jersey accents. Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, and Glenne Headly also offer great performances for their supporting characters. Brie only has one line, but it's one of the most important in the entire film.
I can see where a lot of those clips in Don Jon could make people uncomfortable, but I urge everyone to look past it. This is definitely a gem of a film, and I look forward to Joseph Gordon-Levitt directing again. Plus, how nice was it to finally see 'Hit Record Productions' on the big screen? I've followed that website for a long time, and it's growth is impressive.
Memorable Quote: "I want to lose myself." - Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)