‘Don Jon’ Trailer #2: Romance Addict ScarJo Meets Porn Enthusiast Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Pornography frequently gets accused of giving people unrealistic expectations of what to expect in their love life, but aren’t romance movies guilty of the exact same thing? This is just one of the questions that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature writing and directorial debut Don Jon (formerly called Don Jon’s Addiction) seeks to answer, as Gordon-Levitt plays a porn-loving, materialistic New Jersey ladies magnet who falls for a woman so entrancing that he’s even willing to watch The Vow with her. Now that’s true love.

The first trailer for Don Jon featured an introduction from Gordon-Levitt himself, and presented a charismatic cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza and Julianne Moore. It’s definitely one of the better trailers to be released this year, beginning with protagonist Jon talking about his few passions in life (“my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my girls, my porn“), all set to a beat that turns arrhythmic upon his first encounter with ScarJo, then ends on a high note with “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

A second trailer for Don Jon has now been released, which is sadly a little shorter than the first, but nonetheless shows a bit of new footage. Once again, it highlights the parallels between Barbara’s (Johansson) love for romantic movies and Jon’s enthusiasm for midnight trysts with the women of internet porn, crystallized in the words: “Everybody knows it’s fake but they watch it like it’s real life.”

Joseph Gordon Levitt in Don Jon set photo Don Jon Trailer #2: Romance Addict ScarJo Meets Porn Enthusiast Joseph Gordon Levitt

Gordon-Levitt is a born-and-bred Californian, but moved to New York in his late teens to study at Columbia University, so the script for Don Jon was written at least partially from personal experience of life in that area. The thick New Jersey accents of the cast might be a little grating for some, but they also add some flavor to a film that seems to be, in many ways, a product of its setting. Since Gordon-Levitt himself has been acting since his childhood and has starred in a few romcoms himself, it will also be interesting to hear his own perspective on the falsehoods of Hollywood romance.

Do you think that fluffy wish-fulfilment romance movies have more merit than porn films, or are both genres as bad as each other when it comes to presenting a skewed picture of relationships and sex? More importantly, does this trailer for Don Jon leave you wanting to find out how Joseph Gordon-Levitt tackles that question?

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Don Jon is out in US theaters on limited release from October 18, 2013.

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  1. Cannot wait for this film, it looks great and I think it’s going to be a good director debut for Joseph Gordon Levitt. I hope after this movie releases, he thinks about tackling a little indie thriller in the near future. Come to think of it, what does he even have coming out after Don Jon apart from Sin City?

    I was actually talking about something similar to the premise of this movie with one of my friends saying how people’s expectations sometimes ruin whole relationships because of a romcom movie they’re attached to. Instead of going with the flow, it’s weird to see people try to force a relationship to be like something they have engraved in their mind. It’s like the person doesn’t know they only have one shot with their partner, they gotta make it count.

    • Oh wait, I think he’s focusing on his HitRecord label now actually.

  2. And I don’t want ‘cha, and I don’t need ya
    Don’t bother to resist or I’ll beat ya
    It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong
    The weak one’s are there to justify the strong

  3. Being of Italian descent, 100% as a matter of fact,
    I find this stereotypical guido Gordon-Levitt has
    drawn too stupid for me to be offended.

  4. I like that the trailer isn’t giving away much. Golden Globe nominations for sure.

  5. Give me fluffy wish-fulfillment porncakes! Now if we could only bring porn back to our local theaters! It’s so rare to even see breasts anymore now that everything is PG-13. The more sexualized our society has become the more PG-13 films have become…..

  6. Porn pollution is everywhere and not a hallmark of advancing civilization.
    Quite the opposite. To expect anything from porn is lowering expectation.

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