Don Jon: Funny, enlightening but not for everyone

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comSeptember 27, 2013 

Film Review Don Jon

This film image released by Relativity Media shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from "Don Jon". (AP Photo/Relativity Media)

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jon. He's addicted to porn and finds videos on his computer better than real women. Not that he doesn't give women a try too. Jon is a master at picking up beautiful women. He's also very religious and a practicing Catholic. Each week finds him at confession and each week doing penance while lifting weights to keep his perfect body perfect.

Then he meets the perfect woman. But he's addicted to porn, and it gets in the way.

Levitt, bad haircut and all, is terrific as Jon, and Scarlett Johansson is exceptional as his self-absorbed love. A long-not-seen Tony Danza is perfect as Jon's dad, Glenne Headly does his mom and Julianne Moore adds flavor as Jon's voice of sanity.

A talented and creative actor with unlimited dramatic and comedy range, Levitt is not afraid to push his boundaries. Don Jon is his first attempt at writing and directing a major motion picture. It's a great start.

Don Jon is not for everybody. It's a seriously mature, and if you give it some thought, a deep and very funny exploration of a problem that no doubt faces many people today

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated R for mature themes, nudity, sex, pornography. It is playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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