‘Don Jon’ Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is a Porn-Loving Knucklehead, Falls for ScarJo

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The 3rd Rock from the Sun TV show child actor who grew up to become a critically-acclaimed leading man – in films like Brick, (500) Days of Summer and Looper – Joseph Gordon-Levitt has spent close to his entire life appearing on-screen. Hence, it’s appropriate that he’s now made his writing and directing feature-length debut, in the shape of the 2013 Sundance breakout flick Don Jon.

Levitt headlines the film as the eponymous character nicknamed Don Jon (his real name is Joe Martello), a New Jersey bloke who is quite dedicated to his family, his religion and to sculpting his body; however, Joe’s appreciation for members of the opposite sex, beyond the surface appearance, is woefully superficial at best. As a result, he spends most of his time picking up women at bars (for one night stands) and enjoying the… (cough) benefits of a diverse porn collection.

A newly-released Don Jon trailer – featuring an introduction by Levitt – covers that setup material, before teasing the heart of the film’s narrative: the blossoming romance between Joe and a local bombshell named Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), who soon finds herself feeling disillusioned when her new boyfriend doesn’t live up the fantasy expectations she’s imagined –  after having watched too many Hollywood romantic comedies.

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Don Jon garnered critical praise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, before it was acquired by Relativity – at a cost of $4 million – for theatrical release (back when it was called Don Jon’s Addiction).

The Don Jon trailer – like the Sundance reviews – points to Levitt’s debut being a funny and occasionally biting farce about modern-day gender dynamics and how media shapes our expectations. Admittedly, with regard to the film’s visual style, Don Jon doesn’t seem all that impressive; then again, it is only the first time when Levitt’s sat in the director’s chair (so a basic approach to the cinematography and editing might be all he’s comfortable with for the time being).

Rounding out the supporting cast featured in Levitt’s directorial debut are Julianne Moore (Carrie), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Rob Brown (The Dark Knight Rises), and Glenne Headley and Tony Danza as Joe’s mother and father, Angela and Jon Sr.


Don Jon begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on October 18th, 2013.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Scarlett looks really hot in that picture (only reason I clicked on this article lol)

    • Scarlet always looks REALLY HOT, ALWAYS.

      • ScarletT (my bad)

      • +1,000,000,000

  2. “Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is a Porn-Loving Knucklehead, Falls for ScarJo”
    If only this was a romantic comedy as funny as your title, Sandy :D

    I am not sure what to think of this but it remains a curiosity for
    the Levitt directorial debut which is not enough to get me
    to the theater but I will catch it later when available.

  3. Joseph Gordon Levitt is my favourite actor so I’m definitely going to be there first day. The movie looks really basic but the premise sounds great and that touch of comedy sold me!

  4. The moment of the trailer for me is when Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch comes on. I love that song!!! JGL could really be the complete real deal – actor,writer,director. Obvs we will have to wait and see but I think this shows good potential, really had me laughing :)

  5. I laughed out loud at the last part. Love JGL so I’ll be seeing this if it hits theatres here in Australia.

  6. Hmm. Interesting premise. I’m excited to see what JGL can do from the director’s chair.

  7. Definitely seeing this.

  8. This actually looks really reall funny and good, OH LOOK! It’s Tony Danza. He’s good. This is gonna be good. Screw anyone who has reservations about the film just evade Joe directed it. He’s got talent. But.. How do you “direct” a movie, when you’re in most of the scenes? Someone stand in (aka a Body Double?) lol.

    Kidding, but love all the talent in this movie.

  9. Scarlett Johannson, one of the hottest women on the planet.

  10. This looks good,will be seeing it.

  11. It actually looks Good! It looks like a smart story. :) I will be watching.:)

  12. Scarlette in the pic !!! Reason enough to watch trailer and reason enough to watch movie.

  13. Something about scarJo which is so obvious and which is why she has fans and admirers all over the world unlike any other actress. She is fine!! And she can act to save her life. Might not be the best around but she ain’t the worst either…So yeah, this movie is gonna work because even if the film trailer doesnt excite us, the lead actress in red definitely does.

  14. This looks good. I plan on seeing it at some point, but maybe not in a theater.

  15. The movie has two big problems: I don’t like guidos/knuckleheads and it’s a RomCom. There were a couple of good moments in the trailer, though. I might catch the movie when it’s on TV some day in the future.

    • Two good points. I can’t remember the last time
      I paid to see a romantic comedy in a theater
      and the more I think of it I may never have.

      • The only romantic comedy that I saw in a theater was Knocked Up, and that’s only because it was a sneak preview and I didn’t know what movie they’d show.

  16. Is he serious with that accent? It’s terrible. ScarJo and Danza will be the only good things about this disaster.