Box art for Don Jon

Don Jon

comedy, drama


A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    64%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Irreverent romcom about porn is insightful but very graphic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Don Jon is about a guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who's addicted to porn, which means it has lots of montages from X-rated movies. No genitalia are shown, but you'll see plenty of naked breasts, graphic sex scenes (with genitals obscured), moaning, groaning, people in all sorts of positions, and implied masturbation. There's tons of swearing/crude language, too (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and one scene in which a character smokes weed. All of that said, mature viewers can still learn something from the movie, including that pornography can shape the way people/society views women and of sex -- and that it can get in the way of true intimacy.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Don Jon depicts sex and relationships. What connection do sex and intimacy have in the movie? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these topics.
  • What makes Jon's habits an addiction? How does it get in his way? How does it compare to other kinds of addiction?
  • Talk about pornography's appeal -- and reach. Does the film capture the casualness with which people view porn? What do you think of this stance?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    81%
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  • Audience

    64%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut is a well executed comedy with drama overtones that blend perfectly to create an impressive feature from actor turned director. Knowing the skill level that Levitt has as an actor, it's no surprise that Don Jon is a well made movie that boasts effective direction and good performance by its director. The story is pretty basic, but the subject is handled in a way that makes you suggest that less is more, and that's a good thing. While using a simple idea for a story, Levitt was able to make an engaging picture that strengthens Levitt's talents. Yes, Don Jon is simplistic in its plot, and there are a few flaws that pop up, I felt the ending could have been a little better, but in the end it's still a satisfying picture. The cast that Levitt has picked is very good, and I though each actor brought something enjoyable to the screen. Even if the story is simple, the script is well written and Levitt brings charm to the title character that really makes this an entertaining and enjoyable film. With this film, I can say that Levitt has a bright future as a director, and I can't wait to see what he'll come up with next. Despite its plot, Don Jon is worth seeing and blends two genres very well into one film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is always engaging and he makes yet another terrific picture that is engaging from the first frame onwards. If you enjoy Levitt's work, this is a must see movie that is sure to delight viewers who have appreciated his work in the past. With that being said, with Don under his belt, I would say that Levitt's is more than capable than sitting in the back of a camera as well as being in front of it.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, December 20, 2013

3 stars

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- aquateen2, Wednesday, December 18, 2013

3 stars

A refreshing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a filmmaker, who delivers a solid script that holds a lot more to it than you might think and directs it with a very firm grip that is reflected in the strong performances from himself and the rest of his fine cast.

- blacksheepboy, Wednesday, November 20, 2013