Don Jon (2013)



When I first saw that this was added on Netflix instant watch, I thought “hmmmm why not?”  I mean, from the trailer the movie appeared to be this indie comedy about couples arguing, getting into a huge fight, and finally realizing their differences and getting back together in the end.

Boy was I wrong.

Don Jon is a movie staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who is also the writer AND director) as Jon, a New Jersey boy who is obsessed with three things: his body, his religion, his apartment, getting laid, and his porn.   Jon meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) at a club and is convinced  that she is the one.  The problem is that Jon is addicted to watching porn at all times of the day, which is a deal breaking for Barbara.

Again, at first I thought that this was just going to be a typical movie where the boy upsets girl, girl and boy get into argument, boy and girl are happy in the end (Side note: the movie does not end like this, so I pinky promise I’m not spoiling anything).  However, there were a ton of thematic elements that made the movie so much more complex than that.  The movie talked about gender roles, sex in society, and family dynamics that made you think about the movie a week after you watched it.

This movie is currently available on Netflix Instant and is only an hour and a half, perfect for your day off at work.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the plot change and it definitely exceeded my expectations.

3.5 out of 5 stars


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