The first film written, directed, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon is a dramedy about a porn-addicted man struggling to find happiness and intimacy.
The theme this film presents is the problem with developing unrealistic expectations about relationships. It’s an interesting concept, but its execution obviously had a lot of thought put into it. It didn’t just hit the same note over and over again. I should note that this film was independently financed. Don Jon is definitely a very hard ‘R’ and I have a hard time believing that aside from distribution, any studio would touch it with a 10-foot pole. With that said, the film is bold and doesn’t shy away from much – which I definitely respect.
As with many first films however, it wasn’t flawless. There were times where it felt like the film was being stretched out to meet a feature-length run-time. The movie juggles a lot of different sub-plots, and occasionally it seems a bit unfocused at where it wants to put emphasis. And while for the most part the dialogue was great, there was still the occasional awkward line used to drive home a point or get out of a scene.
This movie is definitely not a date movie. Nor is it a great movie to see with your parents. It’s not a sweet, Nicolas Sparks-type romantic comedy. It’s not a raunchy comedy either. If it doesn’t sound like your thing, it probably isn’t. However, I thought it was great. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think. 8/10.