Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a compulsive masturbator and repulsive Jersey Shore stereotype in Don Jon.
Jon (Gordon-Levitt) has money, friends, a killer body and more notches than his bedpost can accommodate. Why, then, is he a compulsive masturbator? Because he hasn’t found true love. So he wanks, over and over. Then he despairs a little, wanks some more, finds true love and… stops wanking. Were the world entirely populated by Jersey Shore contestants, it might be a funny, even socially relevant comedy. Instead, it’s a crudely drawn, painfully repetitive caricature with a highly appropriate central metaphor.
Don Jon | Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (USA 2012) with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson. Starts November 14
Originally published in issue #121, November 2013.