Don Jon - Scarlett Johnasson & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his writing-directing debut with Don Jon, a risqué but surprisingly sweet-natured comedy-drama about a porn-obsessed young womaniser and his stumbling path towards emotional maturity. Nicknamed Don Jon after that legendary ladies’ man Don Juan, Gordon-Levitt’s New Jersey bartender is renowned among his friends for his skill in picking up women, but he actually prefers porn to the complications of real relationships until he meets Scarlett Johansson’s voluptuous babe Barbara, who is soon trying to mould him into husband material. The characters on display here mostly verge towards caricature – Julianne Moore’s soulful older woman, whom Jon meets at evening classes, is the superb exception – but the film has an appealingly playful energy and visual fizz. Along the way, Gordon-Levitt even makes some shrewd points about how what men and women watch distorts their relationship expectations – with Barbara’s taste in Hollywood rom-coms providing a parallel to Jon’s taste in porn

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Certificate 18. Runtime 90 mins. Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Released on DVD and Blu-ray by Warner Bros.

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