In "Don Jon," a film about a man who tries to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend while addicted to computer porn, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt not only stars, but also makes his feature film debut as a writer and director. YNN's Neil Rosen filed the following report.
Over the years, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gone from child star to big screen leading man. Now, he makes the leap to writer, director and star with a movie called "Don Jon."
Levitt plays Don, a pumped up, good looking guy from New Jersey, who only cares about the following things.
Despite being a neighborhood stud, Jon is addicted to porn. Even after he's finished having relations with a pretty club hookup, he'll retreat to his computer to watch one of his favorite X-rated clips.
Jon is a love 'em and leave 'em type, but that changes when he falls head over heels for Barbara, played by Scarlett Johansson. He enters into a monogamous relationship with her, but what he doesn't realize is that Barbara is a restrictive control freak who wants to mold him into her dream guy. She wants him to be the kind of person she sees in romantic movies. When she catches him watching porn, she flips.
Also in the mix is Julianne Moore, who's excellent playing an older woman who Jon meets at night school. Her opinions might just give Jon a different outlook on how he's been living his life.
Tony Danza and Glenn Headly as Jon's parents are also top notch.
For a first time directorial and writing effort, Levitt has crafted a fine, funny film that's one part "Saturday Night Fever," one part "Moonstruck" and one part it's own unique thing.
The frankness of Jon's pornography addiction is alternatingly funny, raw and a bit shocking.
The characters come off as stereotypes at first, but as the movie unfolds, you get to look deeper and ultimately, there's a good payoff. Everyone's Jersey accents are right on the money, and Johansson's gum chewing performance is simply sensational.
Levitt is also quite good, not only as an actor here, but as a first-time writer and director who shows promise.
I've never seen a movie quite like this, where the dialogue would not be funny at all if you lose the Jersey accents. But delivered with those accents, the same lines are often hilarious.