The film premiered at Sundance (under the original name Don Jon’s Addiction) to very promising early reviews, and was understandably a hot property coming out of the festival. Relativity quickly acquired the film with a big PR commitment, and now the brilliant first trailer has landed online.
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to 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. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is 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 in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Gordon-Levitt is joined by a terrific cast, led by Scarlett Johansson as the female lead, alongside Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, and Rob Brown.
Gordon-Levitt is directing from his own script, with past collaborator Ram Bergman (Brick, Looper) producing.
Smart money says that it’s going to be a big contender at the likes of the Independent Spirit Awards for all concerned.
Don Jon is set to be released in the US on October 18th, and has its UK release date set for 15th November. This is definitely a must-see movie of the year, and I can’t wait for it to hit.