(formerly titled Don Jon's Addiction
) is a 2013 Romantic Comedy
starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt
, who also wrote and directed
the film. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson
, Julianne Moore
, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, and Brie Larson.
Jon Martello, Jr. (Gordon-Levitt) 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. And when he meets gorgeous Barbara (Johansson), his life gets turned upside down.
This film provides examples of:
- Auto Erotica: Jon and Esther have sex in her truck at one point in the film.
- Betty and Veronica: The blonde and shallow Barbara and her red-haired, more mysterious counterpart Esther.
- Black Best Friend: Bobby is this to Jon.
- Blipvert: The film features several sequences of briefly inter-cut footage from other works.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Monica argues that Barbara is one of these.
- Boy Meets Girl: Deconstructed in the movie-within-movie Special Someone which Jon and Barbara watch at the cinema and in which the two leads meet in the street and experience a Love at First Sight moment.
- Breakup Makeup Scenario: Mentioned by Jon as a standard trope for romantic movies.
- Subverted in Jon's relationship with Barbara; after the Second-Act Breakup, they meet in the end just to conclude that they are not meant for each other and decide to part ways.
- Cake Eater: After breaking up with Barbara, Jon hooks up with Esther, who is much older than him.
- Cool Car: Jon's 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
- Blithe Spirit: Esther, though it turns out to be more of a cover for the pain of losing her husband and child the year before.
- The Cameo: Anne Hathaway and Channing Tatum as characters in the romance film that Jon and Barbara go to see at the movies. Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Megan Good likewise appear as characters in yet another romantic movie that 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.
- Cliché Storm: In-Universe, the by-the-numbers Romantic Comedy Special Someone, which Barbara eats up. Watching too many of these is how she got her decidedly one-sided view on how relationships work.
- 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).
- The bizarre scene where she refuses to let him pick up some Swiffer pads and clearly doesn't want him doing housework at all may count too.
- 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.
- 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 new girlfriend.
- The Gadfly: Esther gets amusement out of getting under Jon's skin.
- G-Rated Sex: In one scene, Jon and Barbara engage in some dry-humping outside her apartment.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jon treats girls like objects but he has a sense for family.
- Jizzed in My Pants: This happens to Jon after he and Barbara engage in some dry-humping outside her apartment door. We later see this isn't the first time something like that has happened to Jon.
- Joisey: Jon is from New Jersey and has a heavy accent.
- Ladykiller in Love: Subverted in Jon's relationship with Barbara. Played straight with him and Esther, though.
- Last Girl Wins: Esther ends up with Jon at the end.
- Love at First Sight: Jon falls for Barbara immediately.
- Deconstructed when Jon comments on romantic movies that all feature this trope.
- Lower-Class Lout: Jon is a stereotypical guido.
- Lysistrata Gambit: Barbara is straightforward with Jon, explaining that he had to take a night school class before she would sleep with him.
- Male Gaze: The camera work throughout the movie.
- 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, all the way.
- 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.
- Orbital Kiss: Between Jon and Barbara in the theatre lobby.
- 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.
- Product Placement: "Seriously? You don't own a Swiffer?"
- Real Men Wear Pink: Jon has a lot of pride in keeping his home clean.
- Riding into the Sunset: The essential ending of all love movies, according to Jon.
- Running Gag Stumbles:
- Played for Drama with Jon losing his cool on the way to Sunday Church and Confessional. Most of the time, 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.
- Second-Act Breakup: Barbara breaks up with Jon half-way through the movie over him lying about his porn addiction.
- Jon also mentions this happening in all romantic movies.
- Second Love: Jon's relationship with Esther seems to work out better than the first one.
- The Silent Bob: Jon's sister Monica.