BATD ON Oct 14, 2013 AT 9:59 am

by Annie Vischer

Don Jon

Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt captured our hearts as the gawky but loveable hero in 10 Things I Hate About You, and now he’s setting about proving his Hollywood credentials as the director, screen writer and lead actor in new release rom com Don Jon. Talk about a triple threat! JGL plays Jon Martello, whose life consists of the gym, his family, girls…oh and porn. Yep. Quite a lot of porn. When he’s not pumping iron, throwing out chat up lines in the clubs or rapping his heart out to the radio in his pimped out ride, he’s hooking up his laptop to stream the latest on the porn must-watch lists.

And then Jersey-born Barbara steps into his life. Scarlett Johansson plays the gum chewing, booty boasting babe to perfection, keeping her bossy, confident and sassy whilst at the same time adorable in weaknesses, such as her penchant for romantic comedies and pink velour tracksuits. Julianne Moore and Tony Danza makeup just part of a brilliant supporting cast, Danza as Don Jon’s football obsessed father and Moore as the person who tries to help Don Jon find a more emotionally available version of himself.

JGL’s sparky writing and frankness when it comes to handling the explicit nature of his character’s favourite past time, makes for a very vibrant film. His modern portrayal of sexual consumerism shows an intelligence that is lacking in a lot of films, and that would have been very easy to lose especially considering the subject matter. But the film refrains from descending into a ‘laddish’ comedy and actually does what its hero initially rails against, turns into a sweet and understated love story.

Take a look at the official trailer below:

Don Jon is due for UK release on 17th November 2013, but is previewing at the BFI London Film Festival on Weds 16th, Thurs 17th and Sun 20th October. For more information visit the BATD Calendar here.

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