Don Jon

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, directs and stars in this comedy about an Italian Catholic bartender in suburban New Jersey whose addiction to pornography threatens to undermine his budding romance with the bridge-and-tunnel bombshell of his dreams (Scarlett Johansson). Despite perceptible good intentions - limited moral guidance is provided by an earthy older woman (Julianne Moore) the protagonist meets in night school - wrongheaded values, a surfeit of obscene images and, above all, a contemptuous treatment of confession combine to torpedo the proceedings. Lost in the wreckage is a potentially respectable message about the need to renounce at least the worst excesses of objectifying lust.

Watch out for: Sacrilegious humor, pervasive graphic sexual content, frequent profane expressions, some of them blasphemous, relentless rough and crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013