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So what movies did the husband rent for us to watch with our pizza Saturday night? "Fast and Furious 6"...which was exactly what you'd expect. Lots of fast cars racing; lots of setting up the bad guys as really, really bad, so the inevitable long, drawn-out fight scenes will make you feel good when the hero/heroine inevitably is the final winner. Lots of scantily-clad females who apparently like to gyrate and parade themselves before races. But there were also a few women characters who had depth...well, as much depth as any of the characters can have in a movie like this. Our oldest son watched this with us, and has apparently seen all of the others as well. He and husband gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. Me? Meh.
The other movie was "Don Jon", which was written by, directed by and starring Joseph Gordon Leavitt (link to trailers at end of blog). He's progressed from a lovable teen-aged nerd in 3rd Rock, to a consistently good actor who chooses roles he's interested in. Loved him in "Inception", and "Looper". He's also been on interview shows proudly proclaiming that his mother raised him and his brother right, so he's a feminist. Lots of females cheering lustily at that, since he's a cute, young, A-level actor who doesn't view females as commodities...a rarity in the movie-making world.
So what is "Don Jon" about? Leavitt is a working-class young man with a service job that's never shown. His name is Jon and he and his 2 buddies spend lots of time at clubs where they rate the females on a scale of 1 to 10. Since Jon never takes home less than an 8, and even scores with the 9s and 10s, his nickname is Don Jon. His shorter, less-attractive buddy tells him at one point that the 2s and 3s are not only easier to get, but more eager to please, hence better in bed. But Jon doesn't care. None of the women he beds satisfy him as much as the on-line porn which he uses even while there may be a sleeping female dreaming in post-coital bliss in his bed in the next room. He says he can "lose himself" in the porn in a way he's unable to do with a real female. He thinks Scarlett Johanson might be different, and his Italian mother is thrilled to meet her at dinner one night. His father, played by Tony Danza (lots of scenes of Jon and his Dad eating Sunday night dinner after church wearing matching white sleeveless tees), is thrilled also because Scarlett is so damn sexy. His sister rolls her eyes.
But is Jon any happier with her? She starts doing what so many women do: taking over his life. She makes him introduce her to his friends and his family. She tells him to go back to school so he can get a better job. She tells him he can't enjoy cleaning house anymore because that's the job of her maid (I wanted to yell at her that a man who will clean house voluntarily is a rare find indeed!) And sex with her is still lacking, so he still depends on porn to get him off. At his classes he meets Juliann Moore when he passes by her, crying in the doorway one night.
This movie is totally not predictable. From the trailer I expected it to be about how his view of relationships is based on the porn he watches, while Scarlett's view is based on the romance movies she loves. But it's so much more than that. It makes you ponder how males raised to be one way, and females raised totally differently, can find anything at all in common when their hormones begin to rage, forcing most of them to interact with total strangers. And it offers a solution that's heart-warming.
My son didn't watch this with us because he said he wouldn't be able to take an entire movie filled with New Jersey accents. Husband thought it was OK. I LOVED IT! Rent it, then leave me a comment so we can talk about it.