Don Jon Reviews: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Love, Porn and GTL

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Don Jon, the first feature from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is not like most films, but that helps make the actor's debut behind the camera all the more charming.

Gordon-Levitt directed, wrote and stars as a Jersey lothario, a regular, old-school, how-YOU-doin' guy who happens to be a hardcore porn addict.

Yes, he's a man dedicated to family, friends, and church, yet develops unrealistic expectations from porn and works to find intimacy with a true love interest.

Can he and Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) live happily ever after? And does this romantic comedy (of sorts) flourish despite of (or because of) its unusual premise?

Let's see what the Don Jon reviews are saying ...

"While addiction may make Jon sound like a bummer, as played with great swagger and subterranean wit by the movie’s writer and director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this improbable charmer conveys convincingly triumphant braggadocio." - The New York Times

"Sure, it's an obvious point and one that's not new. Several recent films have dealt with the delicate subject of porn addiction, and the dehumanization that stems from it. But Gordon-Levitt enlivens Don Jon with such a sense of swagger, as a director, writer and actor, that the film feels fresh." - Kansas City Star

"Really, Don Jon could have - should have - gone on another 20 minutes. Then again, when was the last time you felt that about a romantic comedy? Or any movie? That Don Jon even disappoints a little at the end is a sign of how much it promises from the beginning. And how much potential its filmmaker clearly has." - The New Jersey Star-Ledger

"Johansson gives one of her best performances as the bossy, gum-chewing Jersey girl determined to change Jon into her image of a romantic hero. Tony Danza and Glenne Headly are hilarious as Jon's parents. Gordon-Levitt proves he can act, write and direct with equal dexterity." - USA Today

"As writer and director, Gordon-Levitt succeeds in shaping a message about two colliding views of romance that are shaped by distinctly different media and cultural notions." - The San Jose Mercury-News

"Gordon-Levitt is savvy, as well, about our modern mediated culture: The TV screens braying in every room, the ads that use swimsuit models to sell hamburgers, the smartphone from which Jon’s sister never lifts her eyes unless absolutely necessary. Who can blame Jon for choosing the clickable fantasy over messy reality?" - The Boston Globe

"Gordon-Levitt is wearing his heart on his sleeve for the audience to see ... there is something wholeheartedly soul baring about the entire artistic process put forth by the filmmaker and star that it is riveting on so many levels." - Movie Fanatic

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