Linda Kallerus
Anthony Breznican
August 09, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Don Jon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/27/13
performer
Tony Danza, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
director
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
distributor
Relativity Media
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

The tough-talking New Jersey guy at the center of this twisted take on modern romance sleeps around a lot, but his heart truly belongs to only one person — himself. In his feature debut as a writer and director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character, a bodybuilding, churchgoing, neat-freak lothario who can’t find anything in real life that turns him on as much as the triple-X thrill of his favorite porn stars. ”I don’t think he actually has great sex,” says Gordon-Levitt. ”He has sex all the time, and just wants it. He’s kind of selfish. He’s not somebody who genuinely connects with a lover.”

Scarlett Johansson costars as the feisty, gum-snapping dream girl who wants to mold him into the perfect husband and (potential) father, but her expectations are skewed by the Hollywood rom-coms she adores. Meanwhile, Jon’s parents (Glenne Headly and Tony Danza) and a mysterious older woman from night college (Julianne Moore) try to coax his own expectations out of the realm of fantasyland.

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