Don Jon


Don Jon (2013)


Critic Consensus: Don Jon proves to be an amiable directing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a vivacious showcase for his co-star, Scarlett Johansson.


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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. (c) Relativity Media

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Scarlett Johansson
as Barbara Sugarman
Tony Danza
as Jon Martello, Sr.
Brie Larson
as Monica Martello
Glenne Headly
as Angela Martello
Sarah Dumont
as Sequins
Sloane Avery
as Patricia
Loanne Bishop
as Barbara's Mom
Arin Babaian
as Bartender
Rizwan Manji
as Teacher
Eva Mah
as Waitress
Nina Agdal
as Supermodel in Commercial
Jason Burnham
as Promoter
Johnny Ferrara
as Other Driver
Olia Voronkova
as Russian Voices
Sonnie Brown
as Woman in Car
Elena Kim
as Purple
Tanya Mityushina
as White Shorts
Craig Marks
as Church Parishioner
Anne Hathaway
as Hollywood Actress #1
Channing Tatum
as Hollywood Actor #1
Meagan Good
as Hollywood Actress #2
Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Hollywood Actor #2
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Critic Reviews for Don Jon

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (48)

As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars.

Nov 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns the gym-tan-laundry routine into an art form with Don Jon, his vibrant and viciously profane directorial debut.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Offbeat, frank and often surprising gem.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The movie becomes increasingly soft-edged and sappy.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer-director-actor resembles a porn addict's Groundhog Day, and not in a good way.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

At least 80% of it is snappy, droll fluff, while the other 20% is what you get when you persuade Julianne Moore to be in your movie: in a word, better.

Sep 27, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Don Jon


A refreshing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a filmmaker, who delivers a solid script that holds a lot more to it than you might think and directs it with a very firm grip reflected in the strong performances that he and the rest of his fine cast put in.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Bit torn on this one. I really didn't like the characters of either Jon or Barbara here (how did they make Scarlett look so harsh and unattractive while supposedly portraying her as the "hot" girl?!). Jon was just a meathead dumbass addicted to watching porn. Not much else to him. At least there was some growth to his character by the end. Julianne Moore is great and looks amazing for her age, but that was a hard relationship to swallow too. I don't know... It was something a bit different and it wasn't predictable, so full marks there. I'm glad I saw it. However, I don't think I would watch it again.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

There's a lot to love in this dramedy from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who starred, directed, and wrote this film. It has some really great performances from everyone involved: Tony Danza has never been more enjoyable to watch onscreen, Johansson is caustically hilarious, Moore is the best aspect of this entire film, and Gordon-Levitt actually gives a realistic performance as the sweaty, meat headed Jon. The main problem of the film is that it has a message that is belittled by its inclusion of relationship politics. If it was only about the problems, and pure humanity, of sex addicts (especially within communities full of these Jersey stereotypes) this film would be easy to love. The inclusion of a unique May-December relationship was especially inspired. On top of that the film tries to draw a line between the enjoyment of porn by guys, and the enjoyment of romantic comedies by women. This is a really strange, unclear connection that doesn't make much sense in the grander scheme of the film. That, and the relationship between Jon (Gordon-Levitt) and Barbara (Johansson) makes little sense to the rest of the narrative. Why it is included at all is a mystery. Is it a portrayal of women's expectations in general, or is it saying something about Jon's expectations when it comes to sex? It's a very strange narrative, and one that paints women as needy and pessimistic. This narrative is especially damaging when you look at the conclusion, which belittles sex addiction by having Jon end his addiction with free will. There have been better films that deal with this subject without getting everything absolutely wrong.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A Jersey Shore-esque rake with a fixation for porn falls for a local girl who almost matches his fantasies. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut should be praised for its style and for its strong performances by Gordon-Levitt himself and Scarlett Johansson. But it's sexual politics are as obvious as Jon Martello's biceps, and its heavy handed feminist message, while admirable, is pat and basic. There's nothing new sex and gender relations here even though I suspect Gordon-Levitt thinks otherwise. Overall, the film is only to be blamed for its lack of originality, not necessarily its execution.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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