Who doesn't love some Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their life?! He is the cutest ever, but he is taking on a completely different role with this movie. And on top of acting, he both wrote and directed the film! This really was his baby. A very interesting baby at that.
Don Jon is a very modern take on the classic tale of Don Juan. You may know of Don Juan from Lord Byron's poem by the same name, Mozart's Don Giovanni or even the original El Burlador de Sevilla by Gabriel Tellez. In all cases, Don Juan was always portrayed as a womanizer. Over the years, people have taken this character and put their own spin on it, and that's exactly what JGL did here in his film.
The premise of the movie is about this guy who has a few fixtures in his life. His family, who he sees every Sunday after church, working out at the gym, going out and getting girls with his friends, and watching porn. No matter how many women he gets with, he can't kick his porn addiction. That is until he meets the girl of his dreams, a real 'dime', Barbara(Scarlett Johansson). Then he has to figure out what is more important to him.
I checked into the history of Don Juan, once I found out it was based off of something, and I have to say it is a very good modern depiction of the classic. I also found it interesting to see JGL to take on this role, cause I just look at him as this adorable guy, but he played a role I'd never seen him in. And it was a pretty impressive for his debut as a writer/director. And one of my favorite actresses around, Brie Larson, is popping up all over the place! She played JGL's sister, Monica, who is literally staring at her phone 99% of the movie, but ended up being the voice of reason. I however like having more details about characters, so I would have loved more background story on everyone. The movie was pretty short, so there wasn't much time for a lot of character development. And I get that JGL was making a point in having Monica be the typical young person in the world today, being consumed by technology. But in the one scene we realize as she walks out, that she doesn't live with their parents either, so I would have liked to see what she does. They don't even make it a point to say how old she is, if she's in high school or college or working. I enjoy the details.
The thing that really makes the movie worth it is the fact that it doesn't hold back. Porn, is obviously not a topic that people are comfortable with, but the film doesn't shy away from it. At the same time, it is a character story, following the progression of this guy. It had quite a few funny moments. Aside from JGL going hard on Good Vibrations, Tony Danza was hilarious as Jon Sr. It was a great cast, with some random awesome cameos.