Joseph Gordon-Levitt directs himself as a Jersey bro with a porn addiction.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (USA, Special Presentation)
Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.
The Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
Wednesday, September 11, 3 p.m.
Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East)
Movie star and hitRECord founder Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directorial debut with this loud, splashy, and ultimately predictable portrait of a young New Jersey muscleman with a porn addiction and a penchant for clubbing. Gordon-Levitt stars as the titular Jon, who spends his days tending to his list of favourite things—“My body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, and my porn,” as he tells us repeatedly in voiceover—and his nights as a pick-up artist seeking perfect women, whom he and his buddies snidely call “dimes.”
Anyone who’s seen a movie about a good-hearted ruffian will know from the first frame that Jon will soon be rehabilitated, first through a relationship with Scarlett Johansson (a dime), then through a more substantial friendship with the earthier (read: older) Julianne Moore. If you can tolerate the tired premise and retrograde attitude toward women, though, this is a decent first feature, likeable in an obnoxious sort of way, just like Jon.