Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women.
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Don Jon was very well-received in its regional premiere at the
Paramount Theatre during Austin's SXSW Film Festival. The film was
written, directed and starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He did a really
fine job for his writing and directorial debut, but he may have been
trying to do too much. The acting by Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson,
Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, and Brie Larson is quite
good. I think it is Gordon-Levitt's script that leaves something to be
desired. His character Jon is a very successful ladies' man who is also
heavily addicted to masturbating to internet porn numerous times
daily. Many people will find the film to be quite funny and enjoyable.
However, the graphic use of porn will not be to everybody's taste and
may be off-putting to viewers particularly female viewers. I'm also
wondering whether the extensive use of porn will lead to the MPAA
giving it the kiss-of-death NC-17 rather than an R rating.
JGL's script is well-intentioned and he is trying to make the point
that many people become so self-absorbed that they lose the ability to
interact with others on a human level. Jon is deadened to real romance
by his reliance on porn. His girlfriend has an overly romanticized view
of relationships based on watching too many romantic movies. They are
both so self-absorbed and selfish that they can't really build a real
relationship. Still, it was often difficult to figure out what JGL's
point was and in many ways became clearer listening to him during the
Q&A after the film. JGL is attempting to raise profound issues about
human relationships in the modern era, but he hasn't quite figured out
how to do that as a writer and director. I expect that he is going to
become as fine a director and writer as he already is an actor. He has
a fine future ahead of him.