Flash Movie Review: Don Jon

The music has to be just right before I will use it. I can visualize what movements would match the tempo of the songs. No eating at least 2 hours before because I do better on an empty stomach. In my mind I can see how I want the room set up so it would be inviting. As I go over everything I feel confidant and excited. No matter how perfect I imagine it will be, it will not matter because everything is dependent on who is participating. When I am a guest presenter at a different health club I can plan every single detail of how I want the class to be. The exercises I planned may be perfect for me; but it may not work for the members, that is just the reality of teaching a group fitness class. Being somewhat of a control freak, this used to throw me for a loop. The fact is a fantasy is just that, a fantasy. It is a lesson New Jersey native Jon Martello Jr., played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Mysterious Skin), could learn. When Jon started seeing Barbara, played by Scarlett Johansson (Hitchcock, We Bought a Zoo), it was not the same as the women he would watch online. For a first effort Joseph did an admirable job as writer, director and star of this comedic drama. Those of you concerned about the content of this film; the story was more than just about a man who loves looking at, shall we say, special web sites. From a visual standpoint there was no gratuitous bare scenes with any of the actors. As for the pictures on the web sites Jon perused; they were sanitized, hyper images that briefly flashed across the screen. The script was amusing with an earthy charm to it. The family conversations were priceless between Jon and his parents Jon Sr. and Angela, played by Tony Danza (Crash, Who’s the Boss-TV) and Glenne Headly (Mr. Holland’s Opus, The Namesake). I loved Scarlett in her role; she was perfectly cast. The wonderful Julianne Moore (What Maisie Knew, Chloe) played Esther, a character that added a different element to the story. I found the shift in the story came up abruptly; I would have appreciated more groundwork to the unfolding developments. Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a good eye for directing; the scenes were crisp with a steady pace to them. I was already impressed by Joseph’s acting and now this sweet charmer of a movie made me like him even more. There certainly is a gap between reality and fantasy. With the making of this film I hope it became narrower for Joseph; he certainly can be proud of this well done movie.


3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 1, 2013, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You and I are in sync w/ this film. Good first effort from JGL, and a really good adult dramedy as well.

  2. Theatre of Pain

    This was one of those films where I see the trailer and immediately know that I want to watch it. I found Jon very relatable especially early on during the club scenes with his friends and I’ve had relationships with my share of women like Barbara. They are a lot of fun to begin with but can be extremely high maintenance and demanding especially if they aren’t afraid to tell you exactly what you want and expect it without question. Johannson did a wonderful job with the role and covered all the bases very well.

    I have also dated a few women like Ethel and as much fun as the Barbie girls can be in the beginning, there is something really spectacular when you find someone to share more than great sex with; someone to really connect and share yourself with without fear of their trying to change you into someone you’re not..

    Overall I enjoyed the movie from beginning to end and like you, I rated it at 3 stars. I do feel that the budding relationship between Jon and Ethel felt rushed and some of the scenes were cut a bit too quickly for my liking though I understand the reasoning behind it. If my friends asked about this one, I would tell most of them that it is a fun watch for both sexes.

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