Cinematic Releases: Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directorial debut with his film Don Jon. The movie is a commentary on the modern pornography industry, its ease of access, and the long lasting effects it can have on one's self and the relationships around us. Don Jon is also a bit of satire on one sided relationships, over bearing love interests, and the simple fact that "hot" does not always equal stable or dedicated. As a first time out as a director, Levitt proves himself worthy although the film meanders in several spots and seems unnatural, uneven and awkward at times.

As Levitt and Scarlett Johansson both do their damnedest to look pretty and put on their best Jersey accents, the true star of the show is definitely Julianne Moore. Moore seems to always take on a vast and eclectic range of characters. Once again she not only outshines the two main stars of the movie, but ends up delivering an outstanding performance that is one of the most honest and endearing roles of her career. Once her character takes over, the movie really takes off and turns what could have been a comedy about porn and masturbation into a heartfelt story about growing beyond your typical everyday routine while becoming a whole person that doesn't live in the fictional world of addictive online pornography. Tony Danza surprisingly stars as Jon's dad and proves he's the boss once and for all.

Levitt should definitely continue directing. He has a gift for creating realistic situations and has control of his actors. Yet, at times it seems he didn't know what to do, where to go, or how to make the scenes flow better. In several spots, the dialogue appears to be forced and a bit unnatural. Even after all that, Don Jon is a fun dramatic comedy that will definitely make you laugh and will also make you think about controlling relationships and how your mental well being could be effected by chronic porn use.

If you want a good laugh and like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, you'll definitely want to see Don Jon. It's fun at times and heartbreaking at others. It's a well rounded film that touches on modern themes and serious topics while never being heavy handed about it. That's all I'm gonna write. I have a sex addicts anonymous meeting in the morning and I have some online videos I need to watch before bed.

-Review by Chris George