So I went and saw Don Jon last night at Marcus Theatres and it was...interesting. I love me some Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and that's basically what got me in the theater. It was pretty good, but let me tell you this - make sure you are very comfortable with the person you're going with. Not the movie you want to go see for a matinee with your parents. And Grandma might have a few questions. Lots of boobs.
And I'm neither Italian nor Jewish, but I'm not surprised to see the criticism that JGL is taking because of the movie. I wouldn't say it's "trite garbage" but this guy's take is interesting.
From the Guardian: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addicted Don Jon has become the latest movie character to fall foul of a group which aims to improve representations of Italian-Americans on the big screen.
"Here we go again with the same shop-worn, racist stereotypes of Italian Americans in movies," said the Italian American One Voice Coalition founder, Dr Emanuele "Manny" Alfano. "It never ends. Levitt, himself the son of proud parents who once founded the Jewish Progressive Alliance and fought for social justice causes, should be ashamed of himself for the negative portrayal of Italians and Jews in his movie.
"Levitt, much like his pornography-addicted character, needs an intervention and should go into serious therapy for his ethnic denigration of Italian Americans. Levitt ought to quit now, take this trite garbage out of movie theatres and donate his profits to charity."