Don Jon review (Blu-ray)

There are only a few things that Jon (Gordon-Levitt) really cares about in life: his body, his pad, his ride, his family, his church, his boys, his girls ... and his porn.

Even though he has no trouble convincing a steady stream of beautiful women that he picks up at nightclubs to have sex with him – hence the nickname The Don given to him by his mates – Jon still prefers masturbating to porn. No matter how much sex he gets, Jon likes to jack off, on average, 20 times a week.

Jon's an Italian-American and a native of New Jersey - in many ways he's a modern-day version of John Travolta's Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. He's the supreme male chauvinist through and through, and does all he can to avoid getting in to a relationship with a woman. Until that is, he meets Barbara Sugarman (Johansson), who he considers to be the most beautiful woman he has ever laid eyes on. He's keen to bed her, but she's not that easy - Barbara likes to be wooed. And so they begin dating, and Jon even takes her home to meet the folks (perfectly portraayed by Danza and Headly). All seems to be going so well, and after just a month of dating, Jon thinks he might finally be in love. But it all goes south when Barbara discovers that Jon just can't seem to let go of the porn.

Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer-director is an absolute winner. It's hysterically funny, but also very sweet and honest. And not only does Joseph show an assured hand in the scripting and directing departments, his performance in the lead role is totally engaging and convincing. Also brilliant is Johansson as the object of Jon's affections. Her Jersey Girl accent is so spot-on she would have been at home in The Sopranos. And Danza steals each and every scene he's in sas Jon's foul-mouthed, overbearing father. What a delight it is to see him back on our screens - TV executives, give this man his own show. And lastly, Moore simply shines as Esther, a night-school classmate of Jon's who opens his eyes to women.

Don Jon has a lot of very smart things to say about modern relationships, but at its core it's simply a wonderfully funny comedy with an intelligent script and perfect performances from the talented cast.

EXTRAS ★★ Somewhat of a letdown – there's just the featurette Don Jon's Origin (7:21); the featurette making of Don Jon (6:46); the featurette Objectified (5:08); the featurette Themes And Variations (5:40); the featurette Hit Record (3:43); and the featurette Joe's Hats! (4:51). No deleted sceness, no gag reel, and an audio commentary from Gordon-Levitt would have been appreciated.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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