This Week In Home Entertainment: Don Jon, One Direction And More

Don Jon box

Don Jon Blu-ray

Don Jon is mostly a fun and entertaining film about a guy who loses himself during sex, but is trying to lose himself in a relationship. Written, directed by, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film takes a look at the life of a young man named Don Jon, who tells audiences at the very beginning of the film that only a few things are important to him. That list of things includes his body, pad, ride, family, church, boys, girls and, of course, porn.

Audiences who delve into Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s big release will get plenty of glimpses of flesh, although considering the subject matter, it isn’t gratuitous and stays pretty well in the R-rated range. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Gordon-Levitt and Julianne Moore, and if you take a look at the cover art for Don Jon, Julianne Moore gets her own corner in the box art, which is pretty strange considering none of the early marketing for the film placed the actress in the limelight. She actually plays a pretty important role in Don’s life during the story and I honestly wish that her character could have been fleshed out a bit more.

Mostly, the story tries to pretty much stay in the fluff range, telling a tale about a boy and a girl who think they are in love, but haven’t even begun to define what that term really means. While Johannson’s Barbara Sugarman ends the film on pretty much the exact same note she started on, it is Don Jon who is dynamic, changing and evolving throughout the movie’s 91-minute runtime. It’s tough to buy Gordon-Levitt with such a meathead, jarring accent, but otherwise his portrayal of a dude who is obsessed with watching porn is spot on and amusing.

Gordon-Levitt’s not the only funny guy in the film. Don Jon strives to be a comedy, and it works as a comedy for most of its runtime. However, it delves a little more into seriousness in its third act, and I’d argue that’s where the move lost me a little bit. Still, at least it meant we got to see a little more Moore.

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Best Special Feature: Odd box art aside, the Don Jon set makes for a fun little perusal. Fans of Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord will probably enjoy the shorts, which asked fans to answer a couple of questions about consumer culture. Some of the other featurettes are pretty basic, but the best was probably "Don Jon’s Origin," in which Gordon-Levitt describes his process with filmmaking and how Don Jon came together. Apparently, working with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on the set of 50/50 really sparked his creative energy. But don’t take my word for it; check out the extra for yourself.

Other Special Features:

"Making of Don Jon"

"Don Jon’s Origin"

"Joe’s Hats"

"Objectified"

"Themes & Variations"

HitRecord Shorts

Theatrical Trailer

One Direction box

Other December 31 Releases

It’s a tough time of the year for movie releases. Most studios rushed to get the latest and greatest Blu-rays out onto the market before the holidays hit, but not Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It seems the studio is hoping that the gaggles of individuals invested in the lives of Niall, Zane, Harry, Liam and Louis will go ahead and shell out some post-holiday cash for the flick One Direction: This is Us. The film managed to make over $68 million worldwide, and even duked it out against the critically acclaimed The Butler at the box office. There isn’t nearly as much competition for cash this week, but if you want to take a look at some of this week’s releases, you can check out a more complete list, below. Or, if you are a parent of a One Direction fan, you can order This is Us over at Amazon (opens in new tab).

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Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

Reality TV fan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. Theme park junkie. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.