DON JON is a funny and insightful romantic comedy about the relationship between a guy who watches too much pornography and a girl who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies.
Scarlett Johansson: You're cute; I like you.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Oh yeah?
He: Listen. You wanna know the truth. You're the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life.
She: You like movies?
Notice he calls her the most beautiful "thing." The main idea is that both characters have fantasies that keep them from getting to know each other as real people.
The female wants a selfless romantic.
The guy wants a perfect body like the women who star in the pornography she catches him watching.
She: How do you watch that?
He: How do you watch all the stupid movies that you watch?
She: Movies and porn are different, Jon. They give awards for movies.
He: They give awards for porn too.
In addition to starring in DON JON, Gordon-Levitt also wrote and directed this wonderfully entertaining and provocative little movie. And Julianne Moore turns up as an older woman who helps educate the young man. "If you wanna lose yourself in sex, you have to lose yourself in another person," she tells him. "It's a two way thing."
The characters are a bit stereotypical in DON JON, but their attitudes are very real. And the film is very creative in the way it depicts the young man's obsession with pornography without being pornographic itself. We get lots of quick shots and jumbled editing but nothing that would offend most audiences.
The late middle age characters in "ENOUGH SAID have let go of most their romantic fantasies long ago.
James Gandolfini as Albert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Eva meet first at a party. Both are divorced, and each is the parent of a daughter who's about to head off to college.
Unfortunately, their budding romance is altered by what Eva learns about her newest female friend, a poet named Marianne played by Catherine Keener.
Marianne: My ex-husband and I have zero in common. and I was completely repulsed by him sexually.
(The phone rings; Albert's voice come through the answering machine.)
Voice: Marianne. Please pick up the phone.
Marianne: Albert, hi.
Marianne has nothing good to say about Albert. And even though Eva has been enjoying time with Albert, Marianne's complaints begin to change the way Eva looks at him. And even worse Eva doesn't tell Albert she knows Marianne nor does she admit to Marianne that she's been dating Albert. What she does is to criticize him for the qualities his ex complained about.
Albert: Why do I feel like I just spent the evening with my ex-wife?
This very funny, bittersweet comedy-drama from writer-director Nicole Holofcener is all the more touching because it's the next to the last performance of late, great James Gandolfini whose character here is both strong and sensitive, the most balanced of all the adults in the film.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now firstname.lastname@example.org