Don Jon DVD
• Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlet Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly • Directors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt • Number of discs: 1 • Release Date: Dec 31 2013 • Run Time: 90 minutes
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy.
A Review Media Sexual compulsiveness rarely gets such a perfect balance of humor and compassion as in Don Jon. Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a New Jersey lothario who opens the movie by confessing to us, the viewers, that even though he gets lucky almost every night, he actually prefers porn to the real thing. But a creeping dissatisfaction makes him wonder if sex could be more meaningful--and lo, into his life walks Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a girl who resists his smooth approach and makes him wait. Is Jon truly smitten? Is Barbara? Or is she as swayed by Hollywood rom-coms as he is by porn? Every time Don Jon seems to be headed toward a lecture about sex addiction or possessiveness, it deftly veers away. The characters are strikingly three-dimensional and resist easy pigeonholing. Don Jon is an impressive writing-directing debut for Gordon-Levitt, who is apparently unsatisfied with simply being one of the most appealing movie stars of the moment. The whole cast is excellent, including Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly, Tony Danza (as Jon's dad), and Brie Larson (United States of Tara), who says only a few sentences in the movie but makes an impression with a skeptical glance. All around, a delight of a movie that mixes surprisingly mature thoughtfulness with sly comedy. --Bret Fetzer