Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
You may know Joseph Gordon-Levitt as that perverted alien from 3rd Rock From the Sun, that dude who got his heartbroken in 500 Days of Summer, or a young Bruce Willis in The Looper. JGL, transitioned from a TV actor into a Hollywood actor, and with the production of Don Jon, he just scored his directorial debut.
In its opening sequence, the movie portrays the oversexualised mainstream media. In it, you will see Victoria Secret models strutting their stuff, a few scenes from music videos and movies. But as you will later find out, there’s no evidence in the film that states or suggests that the media has anything to do with sexual and pornographic addiction. The movie touched on that subject, and just abandoned it. It’s like going to a vegan restaurant; I left feeling empty.
Jon clearly states that the only things he cares about are his pad, his friends, his body, his car, his family, and his porn. And from that point onwards, the movie becomes a bit repetitive. He goes to the club – the entire atmosphere along with its obnoxious music made me feel like I was watching a Durex ad – in a very aggressive manner picks up “chicks”, sleeps with them only to learn that he still needs to fill his hole (no pun intended) and leaves the room to watch porn and masturbates. He goes to church, confesses his sins, has dinner with his family, rinses, and repeats!
Jon finally met his match the night he failed to sway Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson with an annoying Jersey accent). After getting turned down by the girl of his dreams, in a true gentleman fashion, he left with another girl. He is still unsatisfied.
After severe stalking and masturbating, he finally goes on a date with Barbara. But what Jon doesn’t know is that Barbara has her own agenda. Like many women, Barbara is addicted to romantic comedies and she wants her happy ending. At the beginning of their relationship, Barbara avoids intercourse with Jon but later she decides to have sex with him. Jon is still unsatisfied.
Jon introduces her to his family; his vest wearing dad (portrayed by Tony Danza), a mother who wants to become a grandmother (Glenne Headly) and a silent sister (Brie Larson).
Larson’s silence builds up suspense to when she finally has her moment, which is only one line.
Jon secretly indulges in porn in public places, after Barbara caught him watching porn and forbids him to watch it. At college, an older woman in his class Esther (Julianne Moore), caught him watching porn. Jon finds Esther annoying but she later helps him recover from his porn addiction.
The movie implies that women have ridiculous expectations when it comes to romance, and men when it comes to sex. The only cure for your addiction is to stop, or find someone that will change you. Basically, get a life!