Don Jon is Exciting and Fresh…and not for anyone under 18

4 Oct

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Ken and I caught Don Jon last weekend and we both enjoyed it immensely. It’s a film written and directed by AND starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, who proves again and again that he is an exceptional talent with his fingers in many pies. 

Don Jon tells the story of Jon, a 21st century young man raised to value certain ideas about life and love without much analysis into what these ideas really mean. Jon lives his life in a particular way, enjoys his routine and everything is going pretty smoothly for him until he meets Barbara (played by Scarlett Johansson) who interrupts his life and challenges him, which is good, but with the wrong motivations. Jon has a slight intimacy problem due to his all encompassing relationship with internet porn which poses some serious issues for the budding couple. 

This film is really fresh and original, and I believe many young people will identify with the way that Jon develops throughout the story from someone shallow, vapid and narcissistic into a man who can think and feel for himself, honestly and genuinely. There’s a lot to like about this movie but if you are sensitive to sexual material, perhaps you should pass. There was a group sitting directly in front of Ken and I who walked out about 15 minutes in. (Rightly so, they were being gits messing around with their phones and whatnot, so I was extremely happy to see them go.) I had no doubt they left due to the explicitly sexual material but I don’t think human sexually is something to be feared. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this film so much; the sexual relationship people have with themselves is probably one of the most important they’ll have in their lives and it doesn’t get nearly enough serious attention. JGL has certainly taken some risks in this film and I hope he will be rewarded for his courage with thoughtful discussion from critics and regular movie-goers alike. 

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One Response to “Don Jon is Exciting and Fresh…and not for anyone under 18”

  1. michelle October 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Well I sincerely enjoyed this review. I agree with everything you put so eloquently.

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