“Don Jon” is the story of a ladies’ man who dedicates himself to only a few things in life: his car, home, friends, family, church and porn. His horizon begins to expand when he falls in love with Barbara Sugarman, played by Scarlett Johanssen, and he realizes how much effort is required to maintain a relationship with someone. Jon’s preference to pornography over real life gives him unrealistic expectations about what a relationship between two people should be: meaningful.
“Don Jon” is a movie written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt also stars in the film, along with Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza. The casting in the movie was brilliant. Gordon-Levitt and Johansson play off each other extremely well. Danza was hilarious. For me, it was Moore, whose character played a completely unexpected role, who really shined in this film. Everyone played their character perfectly, and I think that is part of what gave this film so much charisma.
Because there were so many pornographic clips throughout the movie, watching “Don Jon” made me realize just how desensitized I am by the sexuality and nudity we are exposed to in everyday life. At one point, I found myself feeling a little self-conscious and thinking, “I definitely don’t look like that.” Although some may find it excessive, it really does help embed the message that “Don Jon” gives.