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Don Jon (2013)

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A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Jon
Scarlett Johansson ... Barbara
Julianne Moore ... Esther
Tony Danza ... Jon Sr.
Glenne Headly ... Angela
Brie Larson ... Monica
Rob Brown ... Bobby
Jeremy Luke ... Danny
Paul Ben-Victor ... Priest
Italia Ricci ... Gina
Lindsey Broad ... Lauren
Amanda Perez ... Lisa
Sarah Dumont ... Sequins
Sloane Avery ... Patricia
Loanne Bishop ... Barbara's Mom
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Storyline

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. Written by SophiaLB

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There's more to life than a happy ending. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Jon's Addiction See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,677,009, 29 September 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,477,704

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,450,756
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Gordon-Levitt claims on the Howard Stern Show to have come up with the idea of Don Jon while high on marijuana. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara and Jon meet after they split up, Barbara pulls her hair to one side. In the next shot, her hair is on both sides of her head again. See more »

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[first lines]
Don Jon: Yeah. Not gonna lie. But this sound makes me hard as a fucking rock.
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'Don Jon' Puts Jersey Spin on Romantic Comedies
1 January 2014 | by bill_the_butcher7See all my reviews

New Jersey guy Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) only cares about a few things in his life: his family, friends, church, and porn. After many one-night-stands, he finally decides to settle down with a "dime" named Barbara (Scarlett Johansson). But not even this relationship can compare to the happiness Jon has when alone with his pornography. When he realizes his porn may be too influential on him, he begins to change his lifestyle and beliefs with help from an older woman (Julianne Moore).

Stories of sex addiction aren't new, having been dealt with most recently in 2011's Shame, but Don Jon feels different. Jon loves porn; he says it many times in voice-over and is consistently shown getting up in the middle of the night to go watch porn after just having sex in real life. He doesn't see it as an addiction, saying "It's porn. It's not heroin," as his excuse. To show the media influence on sex, the film opens by crosscutting many sexualized commercials, film scenes, and television clips over the credits, while actual pornography clips are spliced throughout. But unlike Shame, which treats this topic in an intense, dramatic way, Jon keeps it light, funny, and tries to show how easy it is for someone to unknowingly fall into this addiction in today's sex- obsessed culture.

The film also tackles an exploration of today's relationships. Barbara's own "porn" is romantic Hollywood films that Jon hates. These films have influenced Barbara's ideas on dating (she yells at him to stop cleaning his apartment because it's not sexy) and enforced her beliefs that typical gender roles are the only means to a happy relationship. This film speaks truths about ideas young people may have about dating in today's culture, and while spinning these topics in a mostly comedic light, it is still interesting to consider how much media pertains to our understanding of the world.

Don Jon succeeds in most areas, and one large part is due to its cast. Tony Danza is really funny as Jon's father and Scarlett Johansson (and her hilarious Jersey accent) steals every scene she in. The film offers up a good amount of laughs, and the purposeful repetitive narrative works in showing Jon's changing lifestyle. Most of the film is so upbeat and fast that the last twenty minutes may feel like its dragging, but it can be considered necessary due to Jon's slowed-down new lifestyle.

The fact that this is the first film by writer-director Gordon-Levitt is extremely impressive. Don Jon flies at a mostly fast pace, has a fun cast, and gives a great commentary on sex, relationships, and addiction.


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