Love is complicated. With the benefit of rose-tinted nostalgia goggles it might be said that romance never used to be as difficult as it is today, but that’s probably not true. Since Daphne had herself turned into a tree to avoid Apollo’s unwanted advances, the game of love has been quick to fall into – and impossible to master.
Such is the case in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature directorial debut Don Jon, in which Gordon-Levitt plays a porn addict who meets the one girl who he just might adore even more than the contents of his hard drive. Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) is a romantic who loves going to the theater and watching sugary-sweet love stories, so she isn’t very pleased when she finds out that Jon would rather spend his nights with the cool glow of his laptop screen than in the warm embrace of a real woman.
Don Jon isn’t the only romantic movie with a few complications to come out in recent years. Since love has been around for so long and written about so many times, it’s necessary for filmmakers to come up with new and subversive ways of framing the simple emotion of wanting to throw yourself at someone and stay with them forever. Join us on a journey through weird romance as we take a look at some of the Best Unconventional Love Stories of the 21st Century.