BY: SHANE NEWELL
For Joseph Gordon Levitt’s directorial debut, “Don Jon” is one-hell-of-a-film. Starring Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, “Don Jon” is a film that’s full of heart. While “Don Jon” falls short of making the romantic-comedy hall of fame, its message and unique storyline make it one of the most memorable of 2013.
“Don Jon” begins, rather explicitly, with Don (Gordon-Levitt) describing his daily routine. Besides working out, attending church and picking up on women, Don is obsessed with watching porn. His harmless addiction ends up having a profound effect on a girl he meets while bartending (Scarlett Johansson). The story of whether Don can change his ways to satisfy Barbara (Johansson) is the backdrop of this unique comedy.
Explicit, raunchy and uncannily real, “Don Jon” does not shy away from being direct. The film’s appeal, therefore, lies in its premise of a porn-addict trying to curb his addiction in order to be with the girl he loves.
Although the film’s simplicity makes for an enjoyable hour-and-a-half of laughs, it is also the film’s undoing. The fact that Don’s sister (Brie Larson) has less than a minute of dialogue is head-scratching to say the least. Lack of character development, especially with Julianne Moore, prevents the film from being a classic.
Regardless, “Don Jon” features Gordon-Levitt in his prime. From “Brick” to “500 Days of Summer” to “Don Jon,” Gordon-Levitt has proved he is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood.