(formerly titled Don Jon's Addiction
) is a Romantic Comedy
starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt
, who also wrote and directed
the film. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson
, Julianne Moore
, Tony Danza, Gleanne Headley and Brie Larson.
Jon Martello, Jr. is a modern-day Don Juan
who loves his body, his pad, his ride
, his family, his church
, his boys
, his girls
and, most especially, his porn. But soon he realizes his life is feeling rather empty, so he decides to try searching for a more meaningful relationship, while learning about himself in the process.
This film contains examples of the following tropes:
- All Take and No Give: Both Jon and Barbara are guilty of this in varying degrees. Jon gets better about it; Barbara doesn't.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Barbara, who has the very Jewish-sounding surname of Sugarman and seems mystified at Jon's post-confession penance. (Scarlett Johansson, who plays her, is Jewish.)
- The Cameo: Anne Hathaway and Channing Tatum as characters in a romance film Jon and Barbara go to see. Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Megan Good likewise appear as characters in yet another romantic movie Jon and Barbara watch.
- The Casanova: Jon is known for his ability to get ladies into bed, hence his nickname "Don Jon."
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Barbara walks in on Jon pleasuring himself while watching porn. She isn't pleased.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Jon, Sr. tosses out f-bomb after f-bomb.
- Barbara does this as well during her argument with Jon after she finds out he's been looking at porn.
- Control Freak: Barbara. Once she and Jon start dating, she makes him go to night school so he can get an "actual" job (and even chooses the class he attends) and checks his web history (which is how she learns he looks at porn).
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Jon's porn-watching habits are a central focus of the plot.
- Deconstruction: Of romantic comedies in general. Also, within the movie, Jon realizes that romantic movies distort women's expectations of what romantic relationships should be in a similar way to how porn distorts sex for men.
- Directed by Cast Member: Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote and directed the film.
- Double Entendre: Right before the Jizzed in My Pants moment explained below, Barbara tells Jon "I can't let you come inside yet." In other words, Barbara is telling him that, until they take their relationship to the next level, that's the furthest he's going to get.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Jon, Sr. sure can't keep his eyes off his son's girlfriend.
- The Gadfly: Esther is this to Jon. She gets amusement out of getting under his skin.
- Henpecked Boyfriend: Jon becomes this to Barbara.
- Hypocritical Humor: Jon is incredulous that his dad doesn't know about TiVo or that Barbara doesn't know about Swiffers. But he doesn't even know that his web browser has a history.
- I Want Grandkids: Jon's mother constantly pesters him about finding the right girl and settling down because she feels old enough to be a grandmother already.
- Jizzed in My Pants: Happens to Jon after he and Barbara engage in some dry-humping outside her apartment. We later see this isn't the first time something like that has happened to Jon.
- May-December Romance: Jon and Esther.
- Men Can't Keep House: Subverted in that Jon's a Neat Freak. Fully subverted when Jon explains that he LIKES to keep his apartment clean, with Barbara saying that cleaning up is for maids.
- Ms. Fanservice: Barbara
- Neat Freak: Jon keeps his apartment immaculate and is obviously quite proud of it, which doesn't jibe with Barbara's conception of how men should act.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer puts a lot of focus on Jon and Barbara's relationship, but in the actual film, they break up at around the midway point and Esther becomes Jon's new love interest.
- Not So Different: When Barbara confronts him over his porn habits, Jon points that she's just as obsessed with romantic comedies as he is with pornography.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Jon describes himself as working in the "service sector"; as a bartender. Though many scenes take place in nightclubs, Jon is never seen behind the counter.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Jon has a lot of pride in keeping his home clean.
- Running Gag Stumbles:
- Played for Drama with Jon losing his cool on the way to Sunday Church and Confessional. Most of the times he just curses the other driver out, but after the breakup with Barbara, he walks up to and busts the window of a Prius. After making love with Esther, he sings along with a dance music song on the way to church.
- Also Played for Drama with Jon's Sunday confessionals. He repeatedly confesses his indulgences in sex and pornography, and happily accepts his penance every time. Eventually, however, he confesses his more meaningful lovemaking with Esther and objects when the priest gives the usual penance.
- The priest could have commented on Jon's confessing that he had lied before to him or another priest in earlier confessions; the fact that he just gives out the usual penance without commenting on that adds to Jon's dismay over this.
- A visual Running Gag is the repeated shots of Jon strutting down the gym hallway towards the weight room. In the final such shot, he stops and instead goes into the basketball court.