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Laugh Gala

Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directorial debut with his sharp and funny tale of a young man addicted to pornography.

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  • Director-Screenwriter Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Producer Ram Bergman
  • With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza
  • USA 2013
  • 90 mins
  • UK distribution Warner Bros. Pictures

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), affectionately known as Don Jon, has an obsession. It’s not the gym, where he spends his time pumping up his toned body. It’s not the clubs where he parties with his boys. Nor is it his decked-out bachelor pad or his flash ride. Jon’s obsession is porn. Unfortunately for Jon, his indecent addiction has left him in an emotional void, with none of his real-life conquests matching up to the pixelated perfection of his internet babes. But when the gum-chewing Jersey beauty Barbara steps into his life, Jon starts to feel something real and attempts to win her heart. But how will she react to his dirty little secret? Featuring a knock-out performance from Scarlett Johansson as the woman of Jon’s dreams, and ably supported by the terrific Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, this uninhibited tale of a modern-day lothario marks Gordon-Levitt’s feature length directorial debut. His sharp script doesn’t hold back when it comes to the vivid detailing of Jon’s various sexploits, proudly checking off his list of bedroom dos and don’ts with amusingly uncouth pride. But if carnal concerns form the bare bones of this unexpected and very funny charmer, a timely comment on sexual consumerism in the internet age gives it brains and a surprisingly sweet love story provides the heart.

Michael Blyth

To attend this screening you must be 18 or over.

The screening on Thursday 17 October will have subtitles and audio-description.

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