The Sundance Film Festival favorite Don Jon has finally received a trailer for the rest of us. It is the writing and directing debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who, as he moves closer and closer to superstar status, remains strongly motivated by his collaboration empire, HitRECORD.
In Don Jon (formerly known as Don Jon’s Addiction), JGL plays
The Situation a player who thinks he knows his priorities in life: his body, his pad, his ride, family, church, boys, girls… and porn. As his penchant for monkey-petting gets out of control, he struggles to tone down his obsession with pornography to allow for actual love. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza and features cameos from Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway as the actors in the movie within a movie.
JGL, unlike the character he plays in Don Jon, has flawlessly balanced smart indie projects with mainstream money-makers. He has continued to work with intelligent and successful filmmakers over the past couple of years. He’s certainly implementing what he’s learned about appealing to audiences. This film looks like a perfect combination of drama, comedy and relatability; a charm that worked well for Oscar winner Silver Linings Playbook.
Don Jon opens October 18th.
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old-fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old-fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.