Note: This review was originally published on January 20th 2013 during the Sundance Film Festival. We are reprinting it for the film’s theatrical release.

Movie fans have long known that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great actor. With Don Jon, the world will now see that he’s a talented writer and director too.

The film, his feature debut, focuses on a New Jersey-based ladies man who is hopelessly addicted to online pornography. A heavy and potentially uncomfortable topic for sure, but Gordon-Levitt handles it with an honesty and energy that makes it fun as well as easily digestible. The supporting cast, including Scarlett Johansson as a New Jersey princess-type, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Glenne Headly, only helps a film about objectification and media consumption feel so effortless and entertaining.

Don Jon is a high end Hollywood comedy masquerading as a Sundance film. Read the rest of my review, and watch a video blog featuring Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer, below. Read More »

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Scarlett Johansson And Joseph Gordon-Levitt In 'Don Jon's Addiction'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s debut as a feature writer/director is Don Jon, in which he also stars as a Jersey guy who has a little problem with internet porn. In fact, the problem is pretty significant, as it completely infects his attempts to have something like a normal relationship with a woman who isn’t caught within his laptop screen.

This short new trailer sets up a small version of the story that focuses on the character’s attempt to have a relationship with a high-maintenance girl played by Scarlett Johansson. Check it out below.  Read More »

Don Jon Scarlett Johansson

You may not know it yet, but Don Jon is destined to be one of your favorite movies of the year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s hilarious, smart and star-studded tale of a young man addicted to internet porn works on every level. The Dark Knight Rises actor wrote, stars in, and directed the film which also features Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson. It’s scheduled for release on September 27 and you can see the new poster below. Read More »

Devils Knot

One of the most prestigious film festivals in North America, the Toronto Film Festival, has begun to announce its line up for 2013. The event takes place September 5-15 and as usual, the line-up includes pretty much every highly-anticipated awards contender scheduled for release through the end of the year.

Just a few examples are the Jackie Brown prequel Life of Crime, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, the star-studded August: Osage County, Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot (above), Jason Reitman’s latest Labor Day, Jason Bateman’s debut Bad Words, Ron Howard’s Rush, the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate, Mike Myers’ documentary Supermench, Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi and Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama, Gravity.

And they haven’t even finished announcing everything. Below, read everything in this first wave. Read More »

Don Jon

Over the last few years, the world has fallen in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the actor. This October, you’ll fall in love with him as a director too. His first film, Don Jon, hits theaters October 18. It features the actor as a young ladies man from Jersey, with one major problem in life: he’s totally addicted to Internet porn. The vice dominates all aspects of his life, whether he’s dating Scarlett Johnasson, meeting Julianne Moore or hanging with father Tony Danza. Gordon-Levitt, as a director and actor, handles that awkward topic with grace, crafting a hilarious and poignant film. You can read our thoughts about it right here.

Now, you can finally get a glimpse at Don Jon yourself as the first trailer has been released. Check it out below. Read More »

Don Jon

Briefly: Another Sundance hit is prepping for a theatrical bow. Relativity has just announced an October 18 wide release for Don Jon (formerly Don Jon’s Addiction), Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s crowd-pleasing feature directorial debut. The deal was one of the biggest at this year’s Sundance, so the splashy rollout shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Don Jon faces some rather varied competition on that date, including The Seventh Son, Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie remake, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

In addition to directing, Gordon-Levitt also leads the cast as a ladies’ man addicted to porn. His former Angels in the Outfield co-star Tony Danza plays his dad, and Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore portray two very different women who teach him about the ways of love. Read Germain’ full-length review from Sundance here.

Much like John Carter of Mars became John Carter, Don Jon’s Addiction is now officially Don Jon. Writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt took to Facebook Friday to reveal he decided to change the title of his hilarious online-porn comedy and, dropped a few news images on us as well. That’s one above and, after the jump, you can see more (including co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Tony Danza) plus read Gordon-Levitt’s reasons for the title change, updates on a trailer and more. Read More »

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