OUTTAKES REPORT CARD
MOVIE: DON JON 499-13 09/12/13
There is an old adage every director in Hollywood desires to make a porno. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt attacks the adage in his directorial debut with “Don Jon”. The result is a bad porno and an uninteresting film.
Gordon-Levitt also wrote this bomb. It’s a visual assault on Italians, folks from NJ, marriage and Catholics. Jon Martello is a good looking guy who has no difficulty attracting beautiful women; however, when he finds ‘true love’, he quickly discovers his single life style is more comfortable.
There’s a great cast here. Scarlett Johansson plays Barbara, a manipulative woman who ensnares Don with her wiles to believing he is in love. Julianne Moore, always an OUTTAKES favorite, plays Esther, a woman who understands Don more than his loves and Tony Danza, as Don’s father in a role that gives fathers everywhere a bad rap. Each star appears in extended cameos. The real screen hog is Gordon-Levitt who seems hell bent on filling every sequence with the new body his personal trainer gave him.
There is nothing particularly eventful on the technical side of “Don Jon”. To show the main character is having an orgasm, Cinematographer Thomas Kloss utilizes a serious of quick flashes of alternating shots that simultaneously burst to white. It’s annoying, and after the second time, is reduced to nothing more than a gimmick.
KEY SCENES TO LOOK FOR:
- GOOD NIGHT IN THE HALLWAY
- THE DINNER SCENE
Erotic films are difficult to make when trying not to slip into porno mode, but to have an entire film based on the subject and have no nudity scenes simply defies credibility. This story has no ending and generally leaves the viewer unfulfilled. When the screen faded to black, I thought to myself: “Good Lord, don’t tell me that’s where he’s ending it?” It was. It’s lame.
FINAL GRADE: D