Excerpt: Don Jon is an objectification expert. “His” women are labeled with numbers or broad names which reference a dress or body part. Thankfully this film is not so simple. Don Jon is a study of cultural impact, how we perceive actions and how our DNA is molded by our environment. Hit with an addiction to porn, the slick haired cleaning perfectionist Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) chases a perfect 10, Barbara (Scarlett Johansson).
Conclusion: Joseph Gordon-Levitt accomplishes more with Don Jon than I was expecting, boldly taking the porn-addiction angle in challenging and meaningful directions for a star-studded dramedy. Instead of it being just a plot device, even though it's that, too, the film also touches on the reasons why someone like Jon might get fixated on preferring on-demand fantasy over reality, as well as the impact it has on him thinking as such.
Conclusion: Don Jon isn't a perfect film, but it's a damned enjoyable one. Highlighted by some smart writing and nicely vigorous performances, the film marks a major debut by Gordon-Levitt in his new guise as a so-called multi-hyphenate. The film ends up being just a bit too pat for its own good, but there's a refreshing honesty and heart in this very appealing film. The video and audio are top notch, and even without a glut of supplements, Don Jon comes Highly recommended .
Conclusion: Making his feature-length debut as writer and director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt astonishes and delights with 'Don Jon.' Playing opposite co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, his performance alone is a fascinating watch, but his work behind the camera is also a marvel. The Blu-ray arrives with superb picture and a shockingly-good, reference-quality audio presentation.
Excerpt: I’ve got to hand it to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Growing up in Hollywood can’t be easy and neither is the transition from “child star” to a full-fledged adult star, but he’s done it and I think he’s most certainly the exception to the rule. In addition to starring in a number of bona fide hits over the last few years like (500) Days of Summer , The Dark Knight Rises and, Inception. Add to that, he’s also managed to carve out quite a name for himself.
Conclusion: Obviously, any fan of Joseph, Scarlett, Julianne and heck even Tony Danza should check this one out. I’ll even go as far as to say anyone that loves porn or lives with someone addicted to porn should check this one out. Me on the other hand, I’m here for Joseph. I have always liked him as an actor and now admire his creative vision as not only a writer, but also as a director too.
Excerpt: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon , does for porn-dependence what Shame did for sex addiction by offering a surface-level look at the effects of its specific pathology on its lead male character. But while Steve McQueen's film made no effort to explain its upper-crust hero's inability to stop fucking, Gordon-Levitt attempts to situate his own lead character's porn obsession within a very specific context: a working-class Italian New Jersey home life whose...
Excerpt: JGL has really come a long way. He started out as a child actor on TV & in movies, and then got his breakout roles on 3rd Rock from the Sun & in 10 Things I Hate About You . He didn't do anything big for a while, but then burst out onto the scene: (500) Days of Summer, Hesher, Inception, 50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper . And now comes Don Jon , not only a film in which he is almost completely alone as the star but one that he also wrote & directed.
Excerpt: Because Joseph Gordon-Levitt has forged a reputation for smarter-than-average movies—the action blockbuster Inception , the time-travel drama Looper , and the bittersweet romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer —I expected his feature directorial debut to show this kind of intelligence and insight on some level. But unfortunately, just like the shallow lug the movie is named for Don Jon has little going on beneath the surface.