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Jon Martello is a young, virile Italian-American who isn’t shy when it comes to (banging) the ladies. In fact, his friends name him Don Jon due to his characteristics mirroring those of legendary libertine Don Juan.
He seems rather content with his life; a loyal churchgoer and family man. And in his own words, all he cares about are, “my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn”.. yes – porn. Although Jon enjoys an active sex life with girls he meets at a local nightclub, he has a porking penchant for watching computerised sex. In fact, he prefers porn to the genuine article.
Jon thinks his life is happy-wanking. Until the night he meets Barbara Sugarman. A busty, beautiful young lady who will make a bigger splash in Jon’s life than those on his sofa cushions.. she is about to turn Jon’s life on its head – and the results may just have life-changing results…
That was proper filth. My first pointer would be if any of you dislike porn / sexual discussion / graphic sex scenes – steer clear. However, if this doesn’t bother you then indulge in a very watchable comedy. This is my first point about Don Jon – it is incredibly watchable; one of those movies you can let wash over you as you kick back, chill.
First up – the cast ensemble. You couldn’t get better, really. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is supported by the likes of Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Glenne Headly – which gives the entire movie a believable and colourful family display. Tony appears as an Italian-American bad boy who’d fit in superbly with Goodfellas, Julianne Moore brings a mature, wise character to the whole sex eruption, and Glenne is perfect as loving housewife Angela. And then of course, we have Scarlett; throw her into the mix and you have sex thrown amongst routine; the screen lights up brilliantly. Brie Larson also appears as silent sister Monica – and believe me when I say silent: she literally utters 6 or 7 lines in the entire feature!
As I sat watching Don Jon, I couldn’t help wondering why Joseph had created and directed such a piece. I wondered if he’d written and starred in his own movie about a porn addict, so that he could get his body out at every opportunity. I mean let’s face it – the boy has certainly become a strapping man; his perfectly toned abs and ripped muscles are rather hot.. I just wondered if he’d made this movie so that he could get his kit off and parade about, being as sexual as possible. Like he’s faded a bit and needs a comeback with a bit of punch. Oh, the whole thing worked – I’m not saying it didn’t. I just wondered why he had to cast himself to be the main hunk, instead of a different actor.
Jon’s mother Angela bears a striking resemblance to Kim Cattrall. I wonder if I was the only person aware of this? The irony – Kim being main star of Sex and the City; the housewife in a movie like this looking like her.. unless of course, there is no irony and Joseph had cast her specifically on her looks and thought it funny. See if you can spot it.
I can honestly say Scarlett Johansson is superb in this movie. She delivers her character with such sassy style, its hilarious. I’ve seen her in a few things where she practically flew over my head (Avengers) and thought her straight-backed, pouty persona rather samey. But when Barbara struts into Jon’s life, there are fireworks; she’s sexy, stylish and bold. Holding herself in a way that would make Jessica Rabbit envious, this vixen is outspoken and brutally honest (when not masticating quite vocally on a huge gob of chewing gum)
One scene where the pair return to Barbara’s apartment is moderately erotic. Leaning against her door, Barbara clutches Jon and pulls him toward her. Without going into much detail, they basically simulate anal sex, which results in Barbara going in (her apartment) and closing the door, leaving a ‘wet’ Jon standing in her hallway. If you’re prone to blushing, you may just turn scarlet..
Scarlett plays Barbara prefectly; she nails the characteristics of an all-American girl and throws in the attitude to match. Some of her lines are quite funny too, spoken with an authentic New York accent – a “woit d’ya woiiint?” (what d’ya want) kind of thing. Although busty and secure, her view on life is a bit warped; one scene sees our newly loved-up couple in a shop where Jon announces he’s going to purchase a Swiffer mop for his kitchen – to which Barbara kicks up a fuss in response, and stops him from purchasing it because he shouldn’t be cleaning his own floor. A housekeeper should be doing it. She stares him into staying by her side.
As previously mentioned, I found this movie incredibly watchable. But also – relatable. OK, I’m not a heterosexual porn addict who ‘chokes the chicken’ 17 times a week (I mean Christ, you’d be lucky if I even touched it twice a week) – however – I’ve watched porn.
And this is a great element the movie touches on; the very taboo subject of masturbation and pornography. We watch as Jon, open-legged, ‘flings one out’ – his face lit up by the screen of his laptop. And it basically summed it up – that this is what most men are like; what they enjoy. The simplicity of pants down – bash it – shoot it – pants up is far more easier to deal with than another person. I can see where the character is coming from when he announces the raw truth that masturbation beats the real thing – because you can properly let yourself go. And its easy. No stress, no emotional fuss – just a boy and his toy kind of thing.
As the movie continues, Jon suffers a long-term courtship suggested by Barbara due to her not wanting to rush into sex. However, when the pair do finally do the dirty, Jon becomes stale again (just as he did with previous women) and craves porn. Which is a huge mistake, because one night Barbara walks in and catches him on his laptop – to which Jon immediately improvises that he detests porn, any man who watches porn is scum, and the filth on his laptop was sent to him in jest from a friend.
One day soon after this, Barbara goes through his laptop, sifts through his browser history, and gets the shock of her life. An explosive confrontation takes place between the couple with Barbara yelling, “the movies I watch are normal – they give awards for movies” – to which Jon in defence, responds, “they give awards for porn too”
Their relationship is swiftly brought to an end.
However, it isn’t until Jon meets a woman called Esther that everything in his life changes…
Julianne Moore. When I think of this woman I immediately think, old. Long-ish neck. Redhead. Possible grandma. Far from anything to do with sex. And suddenly, my cozy knitted-jumper wearing image of her is shattered..
Esther is introduced as a fellow student in Jon’s college night class, who catches him watching porn on his mobile phone before a class – and subsequently bangs him in the back seat of her Jeep. She basically reaches out to him, and starts to change his outlook on life. Julianne isn’t overly exciting as Esther, but she certainly does the job; I was surprised she took part in something so filthy! A middle-aged widow, she offers a realistic hand to Jon and gives him insight into his attitude towards women. And an incredible transformation takes place..
Julianne was actually rather funny in this. I only know her for more serious, subtle roles, but by God – give the girl a chance at a funny part and she certainly delivers. I can only describe her comedic style as ‘natural’ – delivering lines with a slight smirk on her face, which stirred some lovely funny moments.
What can I say. If Don Jon isn’t an advert for PornHub, I don’t know what is! We get glimpses of Jon logging on to his laptop and then typing in the address, http://www.pornhub.com – and voilà! We then have gasping girls and rugged men pumping away. Although we get out fair share of filth throughout the film, there are no shots of actual vagina or penises. This movie is a fat-free porno. Its almost like soft porn – just without the porn!
Have you ever walked down the street, or around the supermarket, and seen that rare young-old couple? The guy in his 20’s or 30’s dressed in modern jeans and a trendy shirt, whereas the woman in her 40’s or 50’s displays a clear age difference – being considerably older than her lover. And yet they seem as content as anyone else..
One part of Don Jon sees our main man hook up with an older woman (Moore). But despite the obvious age gap, the two characters find contentment within each other. Sometimes all it takes is an honest woman to point out a man’s fault, and this is what she does. Esther offers Jon a piece of advice; after their sexual encounter in the back of her Jeep, she tells him that when he is making love to a girl, he seems absorbed in himself whilst he’s shagging, and doesn’t take the other into account. She tells him he has to “lose himself in the woman” – not think about himself all the time.
This results in the formation of a relationship, where Jon feels happy because Esther is sexually practised and has taught him things he never learned from his younger conquests before now. Its a whole “she gets me” kind of thing.
Perhaps this is what most of us have seen in the supermarket or walking down the street; its not that the younger fit lad is bonkers and the older woman has brainwashed him. Its probably because they click, emotionally. Spiritually. Its nothing to do with the body, its the head and heart which matter.
However, if its an older man with a young woman it is very wrong, frowned upon and the man could end up being done for it. Crazy world isn’t it.
After this movie, I think my own “what the Hell is he doing with her?” opinion has changed quite dramatically.
Overall, Don Jon is very watchable. But at the same time, has a few messages to deliver. What you may think is pure filth, may just teach you a lesson.
However, steer clear of this movie if you’re not into graphic sex.
..I mean Christ, who isn’t?