25) Don Jon [6.0]

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. (2013)

Don Jon begins with an incredibly unsubtle montage of the sexualization of women. Though it makes a good point, it’s a lot like the rest of the movie– broad and lacking depth. Jon is not necessarily the whore with a heart. For the most part, he’s a douche and though the audience doesn’t need a protagonist to be likable, it doesn’t help when the rest of the movie plays it fairly by the numbers. That is until the third act, where Julianne Moore’s character takes things for an unsatisfying left turn that doesn’t work. Don Jon is an admirable effort for a directorial debut, but Levitt stands to make some progress at a writer before he can truly create something worthwhile.


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