“Don Jon”

October 5th, 2013 at 7:46 am by under A Look at the Movies


Rated R

1 hour 30 minutes

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johnansson, Julianne Moore

Beware of one word movie reviews that promote the film “Don Jon” with superlatives like smart and edgy, or you’re liable to be as disappointed with “Don Jon” as I am.

This obnoxious sex comedy is about a jerk whose passion for pornography interferes with his love life. Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn’t just play the title role, he also directed and dreamed up “Don Jon” as a loser with dysfunctional priorities.

Gordon-Levitt went overboard trying to make a satire out of the aimless condition of young manhood in modern America.

Scarlett Johansson’s character certainly sees herself as the epitome of young American womanhood, one who’s not in the habit of mincing words.

We get to meet “Don Jon’s” TV sitcom style family and get a glimpse of his shoddy lifestyle. But nothing of a compelling reason for the ads to describe “Don Jon” as smart and edgy.

Sleazy, yes, describing Don Jon’s sick obsession with porn, putting his relationship at risk.

I want to know if the authors of those one word reviews ever actually watched this movie from start to finish.

Gordon-Levitt’s vision is flawed and so is “Don Jon”. It’s a pretentious fantasy for adolescents, and as such, gets just what it deserves with two stars. Not exactly smart and edgy.

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