DON JON’S ADDICTION
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is another one of Sundance’s favorite people, who has regularly turned up with his hitRECord.org moviemaking operation, and appeared in such festival hits as Mysterious Skin, Brick, and (500) Days of Summer.
Now he’s bringing his feature writing and directing debut, which takes its name from the classic literary womanizer Don Juan, but focuses on a contemporary guy who has access to pretty much any woman he wants, but still (like the song goes) can’t get no satisfaction.
“Jon in this movie, I don’t think he actually has great sex,” says Gordon-Levitt, who also plays the title character. “He has sex all the time, and just wants it. He’s kind of selfish, and over the course of the movie he kinds of learns about it. But he’s not somebody who genuinely connects with a lover.”
In fact, he doesn’t even need another lover. Jon is something of a porn addict, which is where we get the other part of the movie’s title. When writing the story, Gordon-Levitt wanted to explore ideas of how people objectify one another, even in intimacy, but felt the character “can’t be addicted to porn just because he can’t get laid. That’s a different story. This is a guy who gets laid all the time and he’s still addicted to porn.”
Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore co-star as two women who help Jon on the way to figuring out his life. Glenne Headly and Tony Danza play his troubled parents, who can’t understand why he doesn’t just settle down with a nice girl and start a family of his own.
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