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Don Jon

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Irreverent romcom about porn is insightful but very graphic.

Movie R 2013 99 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

Good sex movie

This is a movie intended for adults. It has sex scenes and they guy watches porn but nothing explicit is shown.
age 17+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (9 ):

DON JON is a delight. Who'd expect a movie about a porn addict to be so uplifting? But it really is, gently introducing a different point of view about love, sex, and romance than the audience is initially led to believe. It's stealth self-help, in the best way. Gordon-Levitt, who reveals a crushing vulnerability in Jon at key moments on which the storyline pivots, makes him both likeable and understandable. Johansson is fierce in the best way, and although Brie Larson, who plays Jon's sister, doesn't have a lot of lines, when she does, they're left ringing in Jon's (and our) ears.

Perhaps the one wrinkle in the movie's polished storytelling is a certain relentlessness to the way that Jon's porn obsession is told. It mimics the porn to which Jon is addicted. Clips are shown over and over and over again, perhaps to drive home the fact that what he has really is an addiction, a compulsion. But after the fifth, sixth, seventh montage of porn-watching and self-pleasuring, enough already. We get it. He has a problem. Gordon-Levitt, who's also the film's director, displays such a creative, light touch elsewhere that this heavy-handedness is even more deeply felt. But he gets a pass this time. Don Jon is too good to be ignored.

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