Don Jon

Don Jon

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza

     
 

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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his feature directorial debut with this funny yet earnest psychological comedy-drama about a womanizer named Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt) who earns the nickname "Don Jon" for his ability to charm beautiful women, but remains unable to forge a meaningful connection with the opposite sex due to his all-consuming Internet porn addiction.… See more details below

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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his feature directorial debut with this funny yet earnest psychological comedy-drama about a womanizer named Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt) who earns the nickname "Don Jon" for his ability to charm beautiful women, but remains unable to forge a meaningful connection with the opposite sex due to his all-consuming Internet porn addiction. Meanwhile, as Jon struggles to free himself from the realm of virtual debauchery, he connects with two disparate women (Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore), who separately try to teach him the true value of intimacy.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt triumphs both in front of the camera and behind it, writing, directing, and starring in the 2013 comedy-drama Don Jon. A smart, optimistic comment on everything from religion and mass media to identity and sexuality, the movie's core message is smartly presented in the framework of a bawdy comedy, but amazingly, the film's tone remains perfectly steady both when it's making you laugh and when it's making you think. Gordon-Levitt plays the lead, an Italian-American, Jersey Shore-inspired bartender named Jon -- nicknamed Don Jon by his buddies for his unparalleled, Don Juan-esque skill at getting girls into bed. His life is an endless cycle of working out, hitting the club, banging hot women, and engaging in road rage from the driver's seat of his vintage Chevelle SS on the way to church -- where he confesses the past week's sins, receives forgiveness for them, and begins the routine again on Monday. Of course, there's one more element to Jon's schedule that can't be left out: online porn. Curiously, his love of porn doesn't have any relationship to his sex life: Even after bedding the hottest girl at the bar, he still needs a quick solo session later that night in the glow of his laptop. There's clearly something he's getting from porn that he's not getting anywhere else, and while this pathology might seem troubling, Jon doesn't question it -- even when his latest conquest, a feisty beauty named Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), leads to an actual relationship. It would be a shame to give away any of the movie's key reveals, but it's not a spoiler to simply point out that, as a whole, Don Jon deals quite beautifully with the idea that real love can often be distinct from other phenomena that are commonly mistaken for love -- like the narcissistic desire to be loved. At one point, a classmate at Jon's night school (played by Julianne Moore) notices how much nicer his hair is when it's not full of gel. She observes that when it's not hard and sticky, she can actually touch it. This is just one of many clever little moments in the film that illustrate an ongoing theme about the search for satisfaction. It's a smart metaphor for the idea that making yourself look good to the eye rather than feel good to the touch is inherently insulating, leaving you at an arm's length from the deep person-to-person connections that might just quell the hunger that otherwise makes us retreat into fantasy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/31/2013
UPC:
0024543889779
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
18,566

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Jon "Don Jon" Martello, Jr.
Scarlett Johansson Barbara Sugarman
Julianne Moore Esther
Tony Danza Jon Martello, Sr.
Brie Larson Monica Martello
Glenne Headly Angela Martello
Jeremy Luke Danny
Rob Brown Bobby
Paul Ben-Victor Priest
Italia Ricci Gina
Lindsey Broad Lauren
Amanda Perez Lisa
Sarah Dumont Sequins
Sloane Avery Patricia
Loanne Bishop Barbara's Mom
Arin Babaian Bartender
Arielle Reitsma Pink
Rizwan Manji Teacher
Eva Mah Waitress
Nina Agdal Supermodel in Commercial
Jason Burnham Promoter
Johnny Ferrara Other Driver
Tiffany Pulvino Hostess
Olia Voronkova Russian Voices
Sonnie Brown Woman in Car
Antoinette Kalaj Feefee
Elena Kim Purple
Tanya Mityushina White Shorts
Craig Marks Church Parishioner

Technical Credits
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Director,Screenwriter
Elena Arroy Makeup
Ram Bergman Producer
Nicolas Chartier Executive Producer
Elizabeth Cummings Art Director
Eric Digilov Animator
Jeff Franks Co-producer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Nathan Johnson Score Composer
Venus Kanani Casting
Nikos Karamigios Associate Producer
Leah P. Katznelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Thomas Kloss Cinematographer
Meghan C. Rogers Production Designer
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Kentaro Yano Makeup
Lauren Zuckerman Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Don Jon
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