Unique ‘Don Jon’ rushes drama, but leaves plenty to think about
With “Don Jon,” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes quite a splash in his debut as a writer and director. It may be too soon to call him the modern-day Woody Allen, but his multiple talents in the film business are undeniably appealing, and the material is still edgy enough to be considered original.
New Jersey nightclub fixture Jon (Gordon-Levitt) is happy with his life of partying until he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), who has him thinking of settling down for the first time ever. But Jon’s addiction to Internet pornography threatens to stand in their way. The subject matter may be off-putting to some – the R-rated film does contain some graphic images and lots of language – but it’s handled in a very frank, funny way, and brings up some good questions.
The script offers a refreshing look at relationships by pointing out that everybody wants their partner to change, or to be perfect. Jon learns more lessons from Esther (Julianne Moore), a character not given enough time to grow on the audience. Meanwhile, Tony Danza steals all his scenes as Jon’s father.
“Don Jon” is uproarious at times and touching at others, and is another victory for Gordon-Levitt, and for indie film.