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Don Jon Bad Movie Review

Updated on April 17, 2014

Bad Movie Review: Don Jon

Recently released on DVD, written, directed and acted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this movie is quite possibly the worst one I have ever seen. The story of a New Jersey man, no longer an adolescent, nor a mature man, he floats in-between two stages of sad bachelorhood and underachieved adult.

Frankly, I was not that interested in his life: he never works, day or night, although we do discover, after a certain time, that he is in fact a bartender, maybe he works between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. only, hard to tell.

The subject of the entire flick revolves around his masturbation habits and his adoration of porn flicks on the Internet. See what I mean? I wish for once I had read some reviews beforehand. What on Earth was JGL thinking about? He is a talented individual, acting for the most part in great movies (Inception) and with great actors in somewhat less great ones (Looper), but this disastrous endeavor will most certainly not be very good for his career.

The movie is degrading to women, to men, to New Jersey, to Italian families, to church, to fashion. The said Jon seems to have no means of survival, yet has a nice car and a nice apartment. He is manipulated by a cliché woman (Scarlet Johansson) and falls for a more mature one (Julianne Moore), but really the bottom line is I was more than bored by his detailed jerking-off habits and the tragic story of his life. I did not laugh once, and I would rate this movie a minus 1 on a scale from 1 to 10.

Here is what film critic Roger Ebert has to say about the film:

“Almost everyone in Don Jon tawks as if he or she were raised in the middle of the Verrazano Bridge by amateur stand-up comedians. The usually talented Los Angeles native Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Joisey accent is a horrific exaggeration. He plays up the regional sounds and cadences to the point of belief-shattering extremity. He is joined in overdone accent purgatory by New York City native Scarlett Johansson who should know bettuh, and Glenne Headly, who should get a Razzie nomination for playing the biggest Italian mother stereotype in the history of cinema."

The movie was rated R by the MPAA, but for all the insults to so many different ways of life, I would have given it a NC-17, formerly known as X-rating. Sorry Joe.


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