DON JON Blu-ray Review

Don Jon arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson. It features characters and a story that everyone can relate to on some level. Gordon-Levitt has proven with Don Jon that he is equally adept behind the camera as he is in front of it. Don Jon is a comedic look into the world of sex, porn and relationships.

Women are objects to Jon Martello aka Don Jon. He is known as Don Jon by his friends for his ability to easily bed “Perfect 10s” on a weekly basis. No matter how good the sex is nothing can compare to the euphoric bliss he receives from watching porn. Jon tries to change his ways when he falls for Barbara Sugarman (Johansson). Barbara is one off the only girls he’s ever brought home to meet his parents (played by Tony Danza and Glenne Headly). Barbara is the epitome of high maintenance. She wants a successful and wealthy man to marry and pushes Jon to go to school and get a job. While going to night school he meets an intriguing older woman played by Julianne Moore who opens his eyes to a new world.

Sunday dinners, which start at 3 and have multiple courses, are part of Jon’s weekly routine. He also obsesses over his hair, keeping his apartment and car immaculate and attending church on a weekly basis. Tony Danza is perfectly cast as Jon’s father and the scenes around the dinner table are funny and real. There are a number of humorous moments that make this film enjoyable. It is much more than a comedy, with plenty of moments that will give you cause for introspection.

This is one of the first films I can think of that focuses on porn addiction. People think about sex frequently throughout the day, men more than women. Porn and self gratification are a dirty secret that everyone does, but no one talks about. I can relate to Don Jon on a number of levels. I married into an Italian Catholic family and currently live in New Jersey where the film takes place. Of course I enjoy porn, so I can relate on that level as well. Everyone has their vices, whether it is coffee, cigarettes, sex or even porn, so you will likely also relate to the film in some manner.

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Blu-ray Exclusive Featurettes:
  • Making Of Don Jon
  • Don Jon’s Origin
  • Joe’s Hats
  • Objectified
  • Themes & Variations
Blu-ray & DVD Features:
  • HitRECord Shorts
    • My Favorite Things Remix: Love of Objects
    • Vinegar
  • Theatrical Trailer and Previews
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Jim has been a self-proclaimed super geek ever since he got his first computer all the way back in 1992– and he has been ‘plugged in’ ever since. Fed by a steady diet of movies as a kid, he has expanded to new platforms to fuel his inner geek! Movies continue to feed Jim’s creative side, while technology is constantly changing and creating new toys that woo and draw him in!