420. Don Jon

Background info

420-don-jonTitle: Don Jon
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 30m

“There’s more to life than a happy ending. Jon Martello is a strong, handsome, good old-fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to score a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer. Barbara Sugarman is a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl. Wrestling with the expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy.”

Live blog

0:57 – Ha! Thong Song reference.
3:14 – Only a few things he really cares about, but it’s actually quite a list.
9:57 – I’m mostly jealous his bed is in the middle of the room. Must be a big apartment. Or pad.
11:43 – “Most people have heard of Tivo, most people that pay attention have heard of it.”
14:12 – The trash noise when he uses the trash.
15:11 – Facebook helping to stalk, as per usual.
19:13 – Love the fake movie within a movie.
22:15 – This dude could work on the road rage a little bit.
25:33 – Meanwhile, she’s a bit too fond of the selfies.
29:57 – Amazing really, that she convinced him to go to night school.
30:50 – Did she just call him a sexy minion? Odd.
35:39 – I think that constitutes an addiction, right there.
39:49 – Loving the sister. Assume it’s a non-speaking role.
48:03 – A man that cleans a lot isn’t embarrassing, that’s awesome!
51:54 – Oops, the browser history. There should be lessons in using the internet.
59:18 – “Stop and think for a second…” I love that.
1:08:32 – Loving Julianne in this. Total honesty all the way.
1:14:34 – I love rapping in movies! Also guy trying to be cool despite the music.
1:16:36 – Ew, religion sucks.
1:18:17 – It was a speaking part after all! But hey, she didn’t say much but what she said was awesome.

Conclusions

I was in two minds about watching this, given my prudish nature and the subject matter. But, then again, I was intrigued by it being Joseph’s directorial debut.

You could tell it was a labour of love for JGL, written and directed by him, and starring him too. It wasn’t the best film ever, but I did quite like the composition. The use of Mac noises against real life activities, the rather marvellous accents, the juxtaposition of church against the rest of his life.

The relationships were weird and overall the film followed that same path, but it came to a good ending, and it wasn’t the worst ninety minutes of my life.

Rating: 2/5

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