Bill I’s Review – 3 out of 5
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been in a string of very fun movies, and this continues, as he portrays a young lothario, who is known for picking up a different girl (nothing less than an 8 he claims) every night at the club, until he meets his love match, played by Scarlett Johansson with an exaggerated New Jersey accent. One problem: Don is addicted to self-pleasure and Scarlett is insistent he must stop. In steps the wise, older lady, Julianne Moore, who shows Don the path to self-actualization by losing himself in loving a mature woman like herself. Cool solution, but will he lose the young hottie in the process? You need to see for yourself, I won’t tell. Oh by the way, it’s a comedy, just not super funny. And props to Tony Danza as Tony’s goomba dad. And parents, don’t worry about your teenagers seeing this film, they won’t be learning anything they don’t already know!
Bill C’s Review – 3.5 out of 5
I also like this movie (probably a little more than Bill). Not only does Gordon-Leavitt do a good job portraying Jon, this is also his feature film writing and directorial debut. He does a good job of showing the rut (body, pad, family, boys, girls, church, porn) he is in and eventually tried to get out of. While not hilarious I thought there were some funny parts (including his weekly confessions and dinners with his family). Tony Danza was cast perfectly as Jon’s father. Jon is clearly a lot like his father while not wanting to be him 25 years from now. Brie Larson probably has only 3 lines as his sister but makes the most of it with her sullenness during the family dinners while texting away in oblivion.
If you don’t mind rude/crude this is worth seeing although there’s a lot of other good stuff out there right now)