It's probably not for church goers. It's not for any of these because it is, at it'sThis movie is not for the feint of heart or the "grown up"-minded. It's not for any of these because it is, at it's heart, an attempt to savage the values that all these groups hold dear. It shines a hot and otherwise absentee light the cancer of over-sexualization. It shows, subtly at times and baldly at others, how consumer driven, sexualized, culture has reached it's tendrils into every-day life, down even into the language we use, how we think and what we think we need.
No character is safe, even the heroine, who chastises the male lead for being "addicted to porn" does so while lighting a joint. Entertaining, lighthearted and even touching, this movie, like it's main character, seems dumb on the outside but turns out to be intelligent after all. In fact it's really intelligent, which will hurt it's reviews.
It's irreverence which I love makes it's target market small and it's high bar of entry most people won't "get it" makes it's target audience smaller still. I took off a point the ending feeling rushed, but truly, I laughed my head off the whole time.
If you're not in any of those listed groups, or if you're genuinely interested in gender roles, feminism, or sociology, you need to see this. I find it strange that Gordon-Levitt would choose to direct a movie like this for his directorial debut. Neither funny nor dramatic. This is a film about an otherwise normal middle class guy who is addicted to watching porn on the internet and how it impacts and affects his other relationships.
The film also stars Scarlett Johannson and Juliana Moore and a miscast Tony Danza as these actors struggle to make sense of this thin script and average direction, What could have been an interesting and insightful excursion into the mind and attitude of a porn addict becomes nothing more than a light overview of this potentially thought provoking subject.
I give the filma 6 and suggest that if something else is playing at the same time you are going to attend the movie, see the other film. I really struggled to get through this one. If a douche bag is going to be at the center of a film, then he should be at least mildly amusing. I was not even mildly amused by Gordon-Levitt's douche bag, and frankly, after seeing Don Jon which he also wrote and some of his other movies the awful Premium Rush, etc.
The title should have been Good to see Tony Danza! It not only has no substance, but it's last-ditch attempt to seriously address porn addiction is superficial. Maybe he knows, maybe porn addicts know, I certainly didn't learn anything from this movie except Jon like porn, Johansson is beautiful but dumb, and Moore is beautiful and wise. There were a few decent character twists and the easy charm of Gorden-Levitt cannot be faulted here.
I also like that porn isn't treated like the devil but far moreDon Jon is a nice, frothy, easy to watch flick about, uh, porn addiction. I also like that porn isn't treated like the devil but far more honestly. That said, a little more depth and a slightly less pat ending would have made Don Jon a bit more satisfying. Don Jon isn't your typical romance film, It's actually a rather well thought out and enjoyable dramedy.
The acting was great, The plot was solid, and you couldn't help but be entertained. I'd definitely recommend it. It was interesting to see how a guys porn addiction causes him to struggle in real relationships. The film has its flaws but it's a solid debut.
B 1 of 1 users found this helpful10 8 jinringa Oct 1, I thought it was a smart, funny, scathing, but ultimately kind indictment of douche bro society. The repetitiveness and shallowness of man child Jon's existence speaks loudly to my millenial sensibilities. A victim of a self centeredI thought it was a smart, funny, scathing, but ultimately kind indictment of douche bro society.
A victim of a self centered father and over accommodating mother, Jon is a self centered douche bag, whose only goal in life is to have meaningless fun. The blank faces on Jon's family during church and his road rage on the way there speak towards the emptiness of being nominally religious.
The meaningless confession of sins, the meaningless prayers, all contribute to Jon's status as a shallow guy who doesn't really care about anything but banging an equally shallow and ridiculously hot girl and then spanking it to some meticulously selected pornography. I think the fact that Barbara isn't actually a good person is a really important part of the film. I really liked that Jon isn't actually that likable. He's charming, but he's a self centered dick with nothing really to say.
And then he grows and he's still kind of a dick and he doesn't really have that much to say, but he is less self centered and I think that's a lot more honest than most other films.
I think attacking the tendency to be self centered through porn addiction was really clever. Self centeredness is kind of this internal thing with tons of symptoms, but it's really hard to pull at something and make a difference. With Barbara it manifests as manipulativeness, which I think is a really hard thing to make a person aware of in a meaningful way. With porn addiction it's a pretty straight shot to, you have a problem because you can't get off without porn.
I enjoyed it, I liked watching Jon struggle and grow, I liked that the ultimate love interest is really screwed up for totally believable reasons, I liked that no one is actually that likable.
It feels like reality, but slightly prettier, as opposed to fantasy. Intimacy with women versus sex with women who have been objectified as sex objects by all forms of media. One benefit of this movie may be a better understanding that, given men'sLight treatment of a serious problem for too many men. One benefit of this movie may be a better understanding that, given men's attitudes towards women as sex objects, that women shouldn't take it so seriously and personally if their man watches "some" porn.
It's early, learned behaviour and as long as it doesn't become an obsession as it does to Don Jon, it's relatively meaningless. I thought the dialogue and relationship Don Jon had with Julianne Moore's character was artificial and hard to swallow as real, although it was key to the story. Worth seeing but could open a can of worms as a date movie. The movie was fairly enjoyable at the first. I didn't care for Gordon-Levitt's cocky character but the film at least kept my attention.
It seemed like this film was only good at the first because Scarlett Johansson saved it. As soon as Johansson left I lost my interest.
The last thirty minutes were just brutal and it felt a lot longer than it actually was. If you aren't a Levitt fan don't bother with Don Jon. When he meets the girl of his dreams Scarlett Johannson who embodiesJoseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars as a character who looks and acts like he stepped out of "Jersey Shore: When he meets the girl of his dreams Scarlett Johannson who embodies the tough, slutty borough girl , his obsession with pornography becomes an issue.
This is a fast-paced, quick-witted character study about a man who's more of a mess than he seems. Gordon-Levitt has fully immersed himself in the character and it's a winner. His scenes of dinner with his dad Tony Danza are great fun.
It's a bit raunchy, if you have a problem with that and not all that deep, but it's entertaining as hell and bodes well for his hyphenate talent.
There were some laughs, and some serious notes about porn addiction, but other than that the movie was very meh. Worth seeing if you like Jersey Shore, otherwise maybe a visit to the red box or alternative sources of movies … Expand 3 of 4 users found this helpful31 10 Thegodfatherson Sep 27, In the end, Gordon-Levitt offers something that is funny, witty, honest and eventually heartfelt, without having to pander to the saccharine fantasies or gross-out raunch humor that have become the two main lanes of rom-com cinema.
This is aIn the end, Gordon-Levitt offers something that is funny, witty, honest and eventually heartfelt, without having to pander to the saccharine fantasies or gross-out raunch humor that have become the two main lanes of rom-com cinema. This is a date movie whose boldness, edge and careful handling of some volatile material truly makes it balanced and engaging to both sides of the gender spectrum.
And for a first-timer, crafting a film that gets people talking is quite an accomplishment. Gordon-Levitt does an amazing job of illustrating this phenomenon with a great cast and superb writing.
All I got from it was a movie about porn addiction, period. Mentally I wrote it off. Today I made a criticalAs a mature male that enjoys movies, attending every week, I blanched every time I saw the preview to the upcoming Don Jon. Today I made a critical mistake.
Alas, the reviews were surprisingly acceptable and I went to a morning matinee. It was a movie about porn addiction of course, but I assumed from the reviews there were many redeeming qualities and growth in the characters included. There was zero empathy or sympathy and not a hint of anyone being a protagonist.
I not only did not care about the males in this film, I was repulsed by them. Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore performances were very good actually. This movie had one theme and one theme only…promiscuitypornpromiscuityporn. I spent the last 30 minutes mentally flipping a coin on whether to just get up and leave. I stayed because I wanted to write an honest review on a complete product. On the way out a group of five in front of me complained out loud about their waste of time and money on that piece of trash.
I chimed in with them as we left the theater. It's likely to provoke a few questions during, and after the movie. But Levitt does a fine job in his direction, and against all odds, he integrates JulianneIt's a fun, honest date movie yes, date movie, if you've got the guts, fellas.
But Levitt does a fine job in his direction, and against all odds, he integrates Julianne Moore into the proceedings in a refreshing way. Great to see Tony Danza back on the scene. And Jon's friends the trumpet player from "Treme", and his shorter pal are great for their words of wisdom and some comic relief. Clearly, this won't win any awards, but it surpassed my not-so-modest expectations for it.
I do like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and would see another film directed by him, but this one fell flat for me. There was so much you could take out. Joseph Gordon-Levitt should have made a short film about this, nothing more, but a whole lot less.
The acting was par, but I foundEven for me, I found the sex and porn scenes repetitive and tasteless. The acting was par, but I found narration overused and the script far too bland for me to really sit and enjoy this movie. In fact, the trailer is far better edited and paced than this first from the ever likable Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The actors are all good but Scarlett Johansson totally commands the screen.