'Don Jon' trailer gets nostalgic with Tony Danza and Marky Mark
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM Central
Last updated Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:34 AM Central
by John Couture
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or JGL for short, has been acting forever, but it's only been the last five years or so where he's really gone supernova. So, I suppose it shouldn't be too surprising that he's finally branching out into writing and directing.
What might be surprising is the content of said movie, Porn. Yes, that's Porn with a capital P because for Don Jon, Porn is right up there with family and religion. Don't worry, the trailer hammers this point home quite effectively.
It's not that pornography is a taboo subject, it's been handled plenty of times in films such as Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Boogie Nights, but it's just an interesting direction for JGL to take. You would figure that he would play it safe with his first turn behind the camera like so many actors before him, but this isn't the case.
And to be honest, I think it's a gamble that is going to pay off for the talented actor/writer/director. Although speaking of Boogie Nights, it's hard not to draw comparisons when you see Julianne Moore in the trailer and then get blasted with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" at the end.
I'm sure the choice was intentional and it's quite awesome. Also awesome is confirmation that Tony Danza is still around. I was a huge Who's the Boss? fan growing up (for other reasons naturally) and it's refreshing to see him turn up in a nice, juicy role.
The one thing that might be a bit much for some fans will be the thick accents being sported by JGL and co-star Scarlett Johansson. It's a bit shocking at first and perhaps a bit off-putting, but by the end of the trailer, I'm on board 100%.
The film seeks to answer the eternal question that has been mankind for at least a decade. Could you give up porn for ScarJo? It's an interesting conundrum and one that should be fun to watch unfurl across the screen.