That’s one of the questions at the centre of Don Jon, the tremendous directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars as the titular character. Here’s a guy who spends his time either in a bar, at the gym, in church, in his badass car or in his bachelor pad, where he often brings home girls…
But somehow, that’s not the thing that this borderline sex addict prefers. No, what the man truly loves more than anything is his porn! Even when he begins a relationship with a super hot chick played by Scarlett Johansson, he still needs to get his XXX fix daily.
What will it take for him to maybe start to appreciate actual intimate moments with a woman more than jerking it to people banging away? I’ll let you discover it along with Don Jon when you see the movie, which you really should. Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote the witty and insightful screenplay, directs this into a truly fun and sexy flick with a bright, inventive visual style, dynamic editing and great use of voice-over narration and music.
This compelling character study can then count on the talent of Joseph we were already fully aware of, as an actor. Don Jon is quite unlike any character Gordon-Levitt has ever played, every bit as macho and cocky as, say, (500) Days of Summer’s Tom was sweet and sensitive. It’s an awesome performance, really. Scarlett Johansson is perfect in her part and I also loved the supporting turns by Julianne Moore, Tony Danza and others.
I’ve been a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt the leading man for a long time and now I can say right away based on this highly enjoyable first feature that I’m a fan of him as a writer-director. Can’t wait for film #2!