Jon the ‘Don’ of the title is stuck in a world of too much information and stimulation but too little communication, where he has become a slave to the glowing monitor of his laptop and the sexual escape it provides. A ritual that makes his life more enjoyable in the moment but has complicated it in the long-run. If the film fails it’s not so much because of its occasional indulgences than it does from a scattered and unappealing love interest that makes the story’s overriding love angle and eventual outcome difficult to grasp. Even if it sometimes stumbles, Don Jon is consistently trying to be original and more sexually honest than other films dealing with young couples in love today.
The revelation here is that Joseph Gordon Levitt has arrived, he is a full-fledged movie star capable of writing himself a juicy part in a daring film. If one day the offers dry-up, I have a feeling this guy can reinvent his career through his skills behind the camera, ala Ben Affleck. Scarlett Johansson is a beauty as the gum-smacking wise-ass girl from the city, but here character too often come off as stuck-up and manipulative to truly care for. The most enjoyable performance is the scene stealing work from Tony Danza, nearly two decades after he and Levitt co-starred in Angles in the Outfield, the pair are reunited onscreen in a much different type of movie. The dinner scenes play like Saturday Night Fever for the molly popping, facebook crowd.
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore