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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 (200) | Top Critics (54)

As a simple and sweet coming-of-age story for the Jersey Shore generation, it's perfectly entertaining stuff.

August 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Alas, I didn't buy a word of it.

November 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite a contrived and sentimental ending, this is an entertaining riff on men and fantasy.

November 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Starts mischievous and moves into maudlin.

November 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A minor triumph that manages to raise some big laughs while delivering a thought-provoking message.

November 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

These are caricatures rather than characters, and neither Levitt nor Moore ever quite lock step with the film's snappy sitcom tone.

November 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | 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

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