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Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a womanizer, as he says in the book. Not a weekend where a beautiful, sexy lady can't get into his bed. But no matter how perfect the women he gets around with his charm may be, no one has managed to give him the satisfaction he gets from the porn he consumes every day on the Internet. Jon doesn't seem to know the line between real sex and porn fantasies for a long time anymore and just doesn't seem to be able to let himself go completely with a real woman. But when he meets the beguiling Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), this could change. Because Barbara is not only damn sexy, she also does not respond to his usual scam. She lets him fidget and catapults him straight into his first real relationship, which could change his life fundamentally. He even goes back to school to please the woman of his dreams. When he meets the older Esther (Julianne Moore) at one of his evening classes, his life and his views on the subject of sex are turned upside down…
That actors sometimes try to be directors is nothing new. Dustin Hoffman, James Franco, Natalie Portman or Anthony Hopkins, she and many of her colleagues have succumbed to the charm of standing not only in front of the camera, but also behind it. That can succeed, but it can also go terribly in the pants. Now Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also decided to broaden his artistic horizon and to act not only as the main actor in his new film, but also as a scriptwriter and director. And assuming that it's after five short films and his feature film debut as a filmmaker, the result is more than respectable.
Don Jon's direction looks very unerring and self-confident. And that is absolutely necessary with such a topic. Because too easily a film about a man who is addicted to Internet pornography could have degenerated into a dirty farce. But even though Gordon-Levitt lets his dialogues come across here and there as rather crude, he always finds the right tone to make more of his debut than a flat sex comedy. Rather, he has succeeded in creating an extremely amusing, but especially in the second half surprisingly profound portrait of a young man who, trapped in a cycle of modern macho culture, sensory overload through modern media and exaggerated egomania, seems to have lost every ability for real feelings.
For Jon, women are actually only objects he wants to use as he sees them in his beloved pornos. But since in reality women don't like to do the things shown in sex fantasies, he is bored even when he is allowed to share the bed with a dream woman like Barbara. To give yourself completely to her, to open up emotionally to her - that is out of the question for Jon. He only lets his emotions run free at the fitness machines, swearing in the car, confessing in church and even in front of his computer screen. Jon is actually a very sad, lonely character who gets confirmation from women that he doesn't get from his father (wonderful: Tony "Who's the boss here" Danza). But he is only really satisfied for the few seconds in which he can flee into the world of Internet porn.
If Jon seems very superficial and one-dimensional at the beginning, Gordon-Levitt manages with his pointed game to give this character an undreamt-of depth in the course of the story and above all an extremely high sympathy value. He is supported by some great co-stars. Scarlett Johansson is a great manipulative bimbo. How she degrades the actually so self-confident Jon to a will-less puppy is simply wonderfully played. Julianne Moore, a lonely fellow student with a sad past, is the absolute opposite of the lascivious Barbara. It's not just in Jon's life that she looks like a foreign body at first. The character also doesn't really want to fit into the story at first, until it becomes clear that this is exactly what makes her a key figure for Jon's life and for the whole movie.
"Don Jon" actually has everything that good cinema entertainment needs. He is funny and clever, convinces with his engaging camera work and fast editing, he is well played and just makes you feel good. Sure, the film isn't perfect, but for a directorial debut it's damn close. For lovers of more demanding American independent comedies absolutely worth seeing!
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