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DVD review: Stereotypes waste Gordon-Levitt's charm in 'Don Jon'

Published December 31, 2013 9:30 am

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Grade • C

DVD • In his directorial debut, "Don Jon," actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows some sharp technical skills, but his clichéd script does his performance no favors.

Gordon-Levitt plays Jon, dubbed "The Don" by his buddies for his pick-up talent. Jon loves the ladies, and he loves his parents (Tony Danza and Glenne Headly), but he really loves his Internet porn.

Then he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a shallow beauty who starts molding Jon into her image of a perfect boyfriend. He also meets Esther (Julianne Moore), an older woman with her own sexual philosophy.

The shallow ethnic stereotyping, all Joisey accents and wife-beater T-shirts, wastes Gordon-Levitt's abundant charm. —

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