Saturday, October 5, 2013

Don Jon - Movie Review

Don Jon (R) 90 minutes B

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Jeremy Luke

When I think of films about sexual addiction, I think of: Shame (2011), I Am A Sex Addict (2005), Auto Focus (2002), Crash (1996), and Choke, the outstanding 2001 novel by Chuck Palahniuk that was adapted to the big screen in 2008 (I read the book but didn't see the film).  All of the aforementioned films are edgy in a gritty, unflinching sort of way.  Don Jon is racy, provocative, honest and even heartwarming.  But edgy, not so much... and that's okay.  This is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing and directorial debut and he's not trying to scare off audiences on his first attempt.  He is however, sporting a little swagger, a little style, and a little "manufactured glitz" to quote writer and critic Jamie S. Rich.  Don Jon is a better than average mainstream film about sex/porn addiction.  But if you want the real thing, pimples and all, seek out one of the films (or the book) I mentioned above. Furthermore, here is My Gray Morning's short-list of sexually extreme/slightly bizarre films for the adventurous cinephile (in no particular order).

1. Shortbus
2. Secretary
3. Auto Focus
4. Crash (1996)
5. I Am A Sex Addict
6 . Boogie Nights
7. Shame
8. Kissed
9. Savage Grace
10. Eyes Wide Shut
11. Young & Wild
12. Bitter Moon
13. Sex, Lies and Videotape
14. Sex with Strangers
15. Center of the World

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