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MOVIE REVIEW: FTN reviews Don Jon

November 14th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Don Jon (18)
Directed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore
Running time: 90 min

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

‘Don’ Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an attractive 30-year-old who has many loves in his life; his friends, his family, his car, cleaning his apartment and porn. Jon heads out most weekend nights with his friends and basically hooks up with the cutest girls he can find, sadly for him though, he can never find the woman who can compare with his online versions of perfection in all manner of things beautiful and sexual.

That is until meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a drop dead gorgeous girl he immediately falls for. Unfortunately, as attractive as Barbara is, Jon still keeps up with his online habits. Whilst dating Barbara he also meets Esther (Julianne Moore), a down to earth lady who may be more of a match for Jon than he realises….

Don Jon is a comedy that is certainly one for the lads. Few comedies have come close to capturing the male mental capacity (American Pie touched on it) but Don Jon certainly ramps up the gross out humour and male ethos.

The main character Jon is certainly a shallow person and his antics will most definitely shock and make you laugh in equal measure. That said, as the story progresses, you will find that perhaps there is more to this one dimensional character than first thought.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore are good as the main characters and potential love interests in this piece. However, the most comedic and naturally funny pairing of Tony Danza and Glenne Headly are perfect as the Mom and Dad of Jon. Their onscreen chemistry and antics will easily resonate with any young person who has not yet settled down to family life.

Don Jon is certainly a funny film, and yes, there are a high number of very sexual images in this film (most notably the porn scenes) that some audiences may find a little grating after a while. Whilst not as romantic as Sleepless in Seattle, this is certainly one of those films where you will laugh, if only due to the cringing humour.

3 out of 5

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