Netflix Pick of the Week: Don Jon

Don Jon's addiction to porn. Graphic from The Credible Hulk
Don Jon’s addiction to porn. Graphic by The Credible Hulk

Welcome back, Highlanders! As the semester begins, you’re sure to be overloaded with homework to do and textbook chapters to read. What better way to inevitably put all of that off by watching something on Netflix?

This week’s Netflix Pick of the Week is none other than the indie-rom-com-dram “Don Jon.” It’s a 2013 film that was written and directed by its main star, Joseph Gordon Levitt. It boasts a star-packed cast, with Levitt as the titular character, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza.

In this film, Levitt stars as Jon Martello, your typical Jersey macho man who only cares about a few things in life: “my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn.”

All though he has an active sex life, Jon can only seem to find his satisfaction through the world of online porn. As the film progresses, we see Jon’s obsession take over his life and relationships, and ultimately destroy the love between him and his girlfriend Barbara Sugarman, played by the ever-perfect Johansson.

Make no mistake, though – this movie isn’t about a man’s obsession with the seedier side of the Internet. This is a movie about learning how to love someone else and gain the ability to have deep, meaningful relationships with other people.

This film is poignant and witty, slightly obscene and altogether original. You don’t want to miss out on this first project from JGL.