‘Don Jon’ romantic comedy with ‘Jersey Shore’ feel
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:10
Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is your stereotypical Jersey guy who is dedicated to his family, church, friends, clubbing and his pad, and he is completely addicted to porn.
His routine and porn addiction come into question when he meets the girl of his dreams, Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), who criticizes his lifestyle. Jon becomes torn between Barbara and his addiction.
While trying to find himself and what matters most to him, he strikes up an interesting relationship with fellow classmate Esther (Julianne Moore) who makes Jon face what it is he truly wants in life.
“Don Jon” is the film that you think that MTV films would produce after following their success of “The Jersey Shore.”
It is, however, the first film written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I thought it was an odd direction for him to go in as I did not see him ever writing a romantic comedy about a character with a porn addiction that would also fit in perfectly with the Jersey Shore cast.
The film is partially self-narrated by Gordon-Levitt’s character Jon.
I love films that have self-narration because it gives you a glimpse inside the character’s head instead of having all of his emotions and thoughts being acted out through facial expressions or dialogue.
“Don Jon” does sort of ruin my view of Gordon-Levitt because I love him as an actor, but seeing him play someone who is obsessed with going to the club and his hair, and hooking up with random women gets annoying.
I will say, however, that he does nail the performance.
If you are someone like me and cannot stand Jersey Shore, then the way the characters act can get somewhat annoying at times.
On the bright side, “Don Jon” is really funny and has more laughs in it than the trailer leads on.
However, if you are sensitive to your brand of comedy, most of the comedy in this film is sexual in nature and nothing I would want to see sitting next to my mother. The comedy does show several views and experiences on sex and porn that help keep the laughs going.
As related to the films trailer, Jon’s life focuses mostly on church, gym, family, women and porn; and yes the film will constantly go back and forth between these interactions and settings.
I get that the character’s life is repetitive, but it gets old when there is a church scene and then a gym scene every 15 minutes.
Though the film gets a bit repetitive, it does have a lot of heart and makes you feel for the character of Jon.
Scarlett Johansson, sadly, does not play the seductive female lead that she gets in most films, but plays the judgmental and self-entitled tease that Jon is crazy over.
She is in the film, but don’t expect her to be a huge part of the story.
Johansson’s character is not as much of a main character as you would think, and the audience cannot help but to loath her character, but she does a wonderful job acting the role.
Julianne Moore’s role as Esther is the most enjoyable character because she is not as one- dimensional as the rest of the characters. She has a fun vibe and brings normality to Jon’s life later on.
Although “Don Jon” is a bit annoying with its hard-headed characters, it does bring much life to the characters, is funny, and can be very entertaining at points.
My biggest complaint is that the movie does not have a set path to which it was going.
“Don Jon” does not really have a climax, and the end sneaks up on you, leaving you with the thought, “is this the end?” I did enjoy “Don Jon,” but I had my reservations about it, which is why I am giving it a 3 out of 5 stars.