Greetings! This week, we're talking about the recent movie Don Jon (2013), which is the brainchild of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who wrote, directs, and stars in this fresh, unique, and original romantic comedy. Starring alongside Levitt is Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. All of the actors in this movie do a splendid job with the material, which showcases a more realistic love story for the main characters, which we have come to expect from JGL in such movies as 500 Days of Summer and 50/50 (both of which I highly recommend). Part of the unique aspect of this movie is the main character's obsession with pornography and how that affects his relationships with women, which I think is a very interesting avenue to explore for a romantic comedy.
The cinematography of this movie and the pacing is kinetic, keeping you engaged throughout. It ends in an unexpected fashion and defies all the typical rom-com stereotypes, which I enjoyed greatly. I admit that I was initially drawn to this movie for the creative influence of JGL (who I respect greatly), but I am happy to have seen it in theaters when it was released and am glad to see it streaming for more to enjoy.
*Fair warning, however, since much of the plot surrounds JGL's character's obsession with porn, you'll see a lot of flashes and sounds from him caving into his addiction. Just know this going in!
So, if you want an original romantic comedy to stream that will keep you engaged (and don't mind the aforementioned glimpses of porn) check this movie out and come back next week for another great movie available on Netflix!