Don Jon Review

Don Jon

Don Jon, he can’t get no satisfaction.

But it ain’t because he can’t get no girly action.

Hell, the Jon is infamous with his friends for going home with a different beautiful girl every time they go out.

Which is a lot.

But, none of them give him those good vibrations he’s yearning for.

In fact, the sweetest sensation Jon gets is when he’s online.

You see, the real problem for our Don Jon is none of the girls he meets in real life live up to the digital fantasy girls he can have at the click of a button.

It’s ok though, because when Jon finds his perfect girl he’s pretty sure his love for her will replace his love of porn.

And when Jon sees the beautifully contoured Scarlett Johansson shaped girl in a club one night, a dime in every sense of the word, he knows he has to make this dime his.

Written, directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon is a smartly wrapped modern parable on the dangers of modern life and love.

I guess, in this capitalist paradise reality tv era we live in, everyone wants to find their perfect love.

But when our digital landscapes offer us such endless possibilities, can an analogue boy or girl ever feel like they’re enough?

For a lot of generations who are growing up in this hyper technological age, there’s an increasing disconnect between online life and the real kind.

And what Hollywood’s most likable leading man has done with his directing debut film is try to shine a light on this.

As ever, Gordon-Levitt is his usual excellent self in the titular role as Jon, Johansson looks even hotter than usual as his dream girl Barbara with Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Tony Danza all on hand to lend some support.

That’s right, Tony Danza – and when you look as good as he does at sixty, I think it’s fair to say that you are most definitely the boss.

Sorry Bruce.

Admittedly, you’re going to spot the plot twist for Jo Go’s script a mile away, but that doesn’t make Don Jon any less entertaining or detract from the message Gordon-Levitt wants to get across.

So if you’re looking to get some cinematic satisfaction in your life, or maybe even just a little girly action, you could do a whole lot worse than taking said girly to see this.

Jonathan Campbell

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