I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I mean, how can you not?
Heâ€™s an exciting and charismatic actor, whether heâ€™s doing comedy, drama or random dance breaks at the Oscars. He picks great movies to do â€“ "Inception," "Looper," "50/50," the list goes on â€“ with interesting, inventive directors. He just seems like a gentleman and an all-around swell guy, and I donâ€™t think it hurts that heâ€™s rather dashing as well (ladies, amirite?). Iâ€™ll admit to finding any plausible excuse to wear a shirt, tie and vest after seeing "Inception" in the hopes that someone would say I looked like him (nobody did).
Iâ€™m not saying that I have a bit of a man-crush on JGL â€¦ but Iâ€™m pretty much saying that I have a bit of a man-crush on JGL. So the fact that I didnâ€™t like "Don Jon," his debut as a writer-director, is kind of awkward. I donâ€™t want to stop getting invites to the monthly JGL Fan Club screenings of "Premium Rush," but his new movie is a clumsy mess, a first attempt at writing and directing that really plays like a first attempt at writing and directing.
Gordon-Levitt plays Jon Martello, a slick-haired Jersey boy who lives his life in a strict routine of working out, cleaning, praying, eating with the family (Tony Danza, Glenne Headly and a near-silent Brie Larson), hanging with his bros and hooking up with girls from the local club. Oh, and masturbating to a whole Internetâ€™s worth of porn. Thatâ€™s his true calling in life, and he easily prefers cuddling up to the enticing glow of his laptop (which he doesnâ€™t seem to use for anything else) to any actual woman heâ€™s met. For one, porn actresses seem up for anything; his real life conquests, less so.
The romantic mÃ©nage a trois between Jon, his laptop and his hand gets a shake-up when he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson, outrageously alluring even with a thick Jersey Shore accent) at the club. Itâ€™s instant infatuation for Jon, but even with seemingly the girl of his dreams on his arm, he still canâ€™…Read more...