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Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, directs and stars in this comedy about a womanizing Jersey boy who finds there’s more to life than constantly scoring when he becomes involved with two very different women (Scarlett Johannson and Julianne Moore).
From child actor to indie star to box-office
magnet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has captivated
audiences with his range, intelligence
and diverse tastes. Following a series of
celebrated short films, Gordon-Levitt now
makes his feature directorial debut with
Don Jon, a ribald romantic comedy in
which he slyly utilizes his own charm and
matinee-idol looks to craft a complex portrait
of modern masculinity.
Jon Martello Jr. (Gordon-Levitt) is a
New Jersey bartender and womanizer. Yet,
in spite of his ability to land sexual partners,
Jon has a dirty secret: he's hopelessly
hooked on internet porn. For him, no reallife
bedmate — no matter how gorgeous or
skilled — can compare to the endless parade
of images he finds on the web. Even after
what would seem an exhausting session in
the sack, Jon still feels the call of his laptop.
Jon's routine seems fixed for life — until
he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett
Johansson, in one of her best roles). She's
a sassy Jersey girl who proves a rare challenge
to his powers of seduction. But can he
reveal to her his awkward addiction?
Gordon-Levitt and Johansson (also at
the Festival in Under the Skin) are terrific
in Don Jon, and they're ably supported by a
surprising Tony Danza as Don's dad. With
its collision of classic libertine literature
and internet-age afflictions, there's a serious
core to the work here, but this is above
all a deliciously racy romp.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born in
Los Angeles. He studied history, literature
and French poetry at Columbia
University. His films as an actor include
Mysterious Skin (04), Brick (05), (500)
Days of Summer (09), Inception (10)
and Looper (12), which made its world
premiere at the Festival. Don Jon (13) is
his feature directorial debut.