Poster for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon
Photo: Relativity Media

Relativity has been busy recently promoting Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon in which the multi-hyphenate plays the title character, a man named by his friends for his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography.

The film finds its footing when Jon meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old-fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy.

Don Jon is set for a September 27 release and today I have for you a few pictures, the poster and a clip featuring Tony Danza as Jon's father as he meets Barbara for the first time. The clip is considered red band for a little bit of foul language so probably not best for work, but you be the judge.

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  • Winchester

    I'm interested but the poster makes Levitt's character look unlikeable. I wonder if I'm supposed to think that.

    • Sila Con

      Yeah, I think you are. The central character in the movie is a self-involved jerk at the beginning and part of the story is how he gets schooled.

  • Criterion10

    Have high hopes for this one.

  • Ryguy815

    I can't wait for this movie.

  • Matt

    I'm so excited for this. Johansson is much stronger actress in comedies than she is in dramas, and she looks excellent here. Her accent cracks me up.

    And any movie that uses "Good Vibrations", the greatest guilty pleasure song of all time, is one worth seeing.

  • Nathan

    I have never thought Joseph G Levitt was that strong of an actor. I can't really think of a role where I thought he did a really convincing job. That being said, I do look forward to this one.

    • Chris

      50/50 is his best performance IMO.

      • Newbourne

        1. (500) Days of Summer- His best performance ever. Masterful.
        2. 50/50- Best dramatic performance.
        3. Hesher- His breakthrough performance, IMO.
        4. Inception- A highlight role in an excellent ensemble
        5. Looper- I dreaded the movie, but he was pretty good.

        And of course, he was great in 3rd Rock from the Sun. You should check it out.

    • Sila Con

      The blockbusters don't do him justice because those roles are thin, and he doesn't make the mistake of overacting or competing with the action. Have you seen him in The Lookout, Hesher, 50/50, Brick? I thought he was hype until I saw him in smaller movies like those. Now I think he really is one of the best of his generation. He's always very different, too.

      • dslacker

        Brick - still the best detective film of the 21st century - and JG-L was great in it.

    • Flo

      I suppose you should watch "Mysterious Skin" then.

      • Fan

        Yes, Mysterious Skin is one of JGL best performance and considering his age at the time with a very tough, tough subject-- very impressive. He is a hell of an actor. I highly recommend it. :)

        • Sila Con

          I thought of recommending Mysterious Skin, too, but didn't because it's a tough watch. One of the best performances by anyone period, not just JGL. Amazing. But approach with caution.

  • Shaun Heenan

    What am I supposed to make of six massive glowing buzzwords on the poster for a movie nobody has seen?

    • GregDinskisk

      Some people have seen it.... At Sundance, SXSW, a few other festivals...

      • Shaun Heenan

        That makes more sense. I guess I haven't been following this one very closely.

    • Sila Con

      LOL I know. The movie has gotten early reviews out of the festivals, but I think the massive buzzwords are supposed to be almost tongue-in-cheek, in line with the narcissism of the Don Jon character. I think they're trying to make the marketing match the over-the-top feel of the movie and its message that Don Jon will need to "get over himself."

      But since this movie hasn't been released yet, most people probably won't read it like that, as is clear here! :)

      • Django

        Yes, i thought that aswell. Before seeing the poster close up, i thought that they were just words used to describe the lead character. And then i saw the publication names and i realised it has a double meaning. It's quite clever really.

  • Aditya

    This is one I'm very interested in. JGL is currently one of my favourite actors and the trailer looks very interesting to me.

  • Fox

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is another one of those guys who loves himself a little too much for my liking. I really loved 50/50 though. That being said, I don't think I could stomach this.

    • andyluvsfilms

      im 100% with you, just look at the "First Film Written By....." line, ive never seen anyone do that before, obviously he has his fans by i just cant bear him

      • Hudsucker

        Hey, it probably wasn't his decision. I'm pretty sure he doesn't have control over marketing.

        • andyluvsfilms

          oh i know but if you're not that keen on an actor to begin with its gonna kinda irritate. he is hugely popular so i know im in the minority and he probably doesnt have many good things to say about me either ;-)

  • maja

    One of my most anticipated films of 2013...the trailer looks excellent.

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