“Don Jon” Review: “Dime” or Time?

"Don Jon" Review: "Dime" or Time?

Aren’t chick flicks the same as porn?

Please don’t think that because I am giving Don Jon a good review means you need to run to the theater right now and see it. Seriously, you need to be completely aware of what you are getting yourself into – an hour and a half of self and societal reflection centering around pornography.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) puts everything on the line, writing, directing, and starring in a movie a lot of people would not have the guts to have a singular role in. As Don Jon, JGL fully expressed a character we have never really seen him embody, a self-centered, antagonistic guy.

He says, “There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.” This line completely encapsulates what the movie is about. JGL directed the film as a routine. He hangs out with his bros. He has sex with some girl. He masturbates to porn. He goes to confession. He has dinner with his family. And he says his Hail Marrys while working out at the gym.

I personally found the whole movie completely refreshing. Scarlett Johansson’s (The Avengers) character shows how manipulative people can be, while Julliane Moore’s (Crazy Stupid Love) character shows what it means to actually care about someone. Inner beauty trumps a “Dime” any day.


Critically: 8/10

Personally: 9.5/10

By: Jonathan Havey


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Categories: Jonny Havey, Movies, Reviews


A few years ago I founded the companies Mile High Movie Reviews, LLC and Mile High Pictures, LLC and have decided that it is time to let it go and move to bigger and better horizons. I have always been about taking the next step, and that is why you are here. I am now the founder, CEO, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of Vlizz Entertainment and hope to lead a very talented staff to success. I’ve been passionate about film ever since I saw Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and have found a love for the creativity and the business behind the industry. I am a double major in Accounting and Film Studies and Production at the University of Denver (DU) and am applying for my MBA. I will also be working towards getting my CPA license in the next few years. I have been involved in the online entertainment journalism industry since August 2010 and am excited for how social media is paving its future. My goal is to redefine the film and entertainment industry by combining my cinematic creative passion with an extensive knowledge of business, finance and most importantly accounting.

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5 Comments on ““Don Jon” Review: “Dime” or Time?”

  1. Brian Andrade
    October 8, 2013 at 12:41 AM #

    A quick but very concise review. Great piece I am looking forward to reading the rest of your work.

  2. Glo
    October 2, 2013 at 8:01 AM #

    What i dont like is how women can be sterotyped! One can say the same about men! Please know that not all women or even men are not all like that!

  3. Glo
    October 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM #

    Ummmm! Interesting!!!

  4. October 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM #

    Good review Jonny. A little messy by the end, but still an inspired choice on the part of JGL, and makes me excited to see what he’s got to do next.

    • October 7, 2013 at 11:41 PM #

      Ya it does get a little messy, but the message does flow through at the end with his relationship with Julianne Moore’s character. A very daring movie though and one of my favorites of the year.

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