Being that I'm not a handsome young stockbroker, nor a handsome young conman, or even a handsome young man wrongly sold into slavery, it's rare that I feel like I'm watching myself on the big screen. Sometimes, though, a story comes along and simply feels right. You lean forward, thinking This is me. This is my life story.
The only thing better, is when that story comes from an unexpected source. You did this?
But as I watched the story of the handsome young guy, who loves his car, loves his house, loves his church, loves working out, loves all the sex he's having night after night and especially loves
his internet pornography, it happened. I finally saw myself.
Well, other than the fact that I'm not really handsome
, or even young
, really, when you think about it.
Oh, and my car sucks. And I actually hate
I don't even attend church, and haven't been to the gym in weeks.
? That's even possible?
But, like I said, other than that, this is exactly like my life. I mean, to a T.
Now most of that is a joke, but I'm not kidding about how much I loved Don Jon.
Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this film, at least for me, perfectly captures the pitfalls of modern sex and relationships. By that I mean one thing
that can be boiled down to three words:
Guys love porn.
Jon is a good guy. Yeah, he hooks up with a different chick every week (all at least 8's), but otherwise, he's a solid, if somewhat unspectacular individual. He is also a creature of habit and fierce routine. While his jerk-sessions may be the focus, everything Jon does is mired in a monotony that he actually enjoys. There's a certain freedom to the control he has over his own life, if that makes sense. And as a man, I could not only see this as an acceptable truth, but one that I actually (sadly?) envied. At least initially.
Anyway, two women enter Jon's hilariously regimented life, and surprise!,
f--king destroy it. The first, and ever so
boner-inducing, is Barbara Sugarman, played by the luscious Scarlett Johansson. Like in real life, Barbara's hotness initially masks her flaws and pathetic endgame. Showing up soon after (and as a result of Barbara bettering),
is the decidedly less
boner-inducing (boner reducing?) Esther, an eccentric (weird) old(er) lady played by Julianne Moore. Esther is taking the same night class as Jon, and the two somehow become friends. The waters, it appear, may have become muddied.