One of the most exciting indie projects hitting theaters this fall is the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a comedy titled Don Jon.
The film, which Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in, centers on Jon Martello, a handsome, successful and self-centered bachelor with one big problem: he’s addicted to the rush of internet porn. No matter how many women he winds up in bed with, week after week, nothing compares to the buzz he can get from watching videos online. Everything changes for Jon when he meets a girl who sees through his act: the fast-talking Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), a Jersey girl raised on fantasies of true love that delude her as much as Jon’s addiction does him. Julianne Moore co-stars as another love interest who helps to teach Jon the error of his ways.
In the new spot, Johansson and Gordon-Levitt get intimate outside her front door. The clip is a tease in every sense of the word, but it does give us a sneak peek at the kind of flirty, rapid-fire dialogue exchanges that go on between the pair throughout the film.
Check it out below, courtesy of the film’s official YouTube channel:
Early buzz for the project has been overwhelmingly positive thus far. Don Jon bowed at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to some rave reviews, with much of the praise going to Gordon-Levitt’s ability to successfully juggle directing, acting and writing for the film. Our full review is under embargo until the film’s release date, but you can read a capsule review by our very own Matt Joseph right here.
Personally, I’m very excited to see Gordon-Levitt continue to prove why he’s one of the freshest talents working in Hollywood today. The trailers thus far have perfectly communicated the film’s potent blend of social commentary, raunchy humor and raw emotion, and with the marketing campaign now in full swing, it looks likely that Don Jon will wind up a box office hit as well as a critical one.
Don Jon opens wide on September 27th. Will you be in line? Let me know in the comments section.