EVERYONE LOVES A HAPPY ENDING.
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has no problem meeting women, and Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) is one of the sexiest he has ever hooked up with… but his addiction to Internet porn becomes a problem. The star’s directing debut is all the more impressive because he manages to make a romantic comedy exploring the allure of porn both compelling and charming. Serious and relevant, but also smart, with a light touch in spite of some dark aspects. Gordon-Levitt is perfect as the young guy who finds porn to be pleasure on a whole other level; Johansson and Julianne Moore are also very good as two women who challenge him in different ways.
2013-U.S. 90 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Ram Bergman. Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jon Martello), Scarlett Johansson (Barbara Sugarman), Julianne Moore (Esther), Tony Danza, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly… Brie Larson. Cameos: Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Last word: “The idea of it had a long gestation period of several years since I was thinking of different versions of how to do it, what kind of movie could it be. I knew I wanted to tell this story about how people objectify each other and how the media impacts that, but how exactly to tell that story could take any number of shapes. It was actually while I was working on ’50/50′ with Seth Rogen and his whole posse that I thought of doing it as a character-based comedy. Then I thought of, ‘Well, alright, what kind of version of ’Don Juan’ would that be?’ My first thought was this sort of East Coast machismo guy with the gym body and shiny hair and stuff and that made me laugh. When it made me laugh, I was like, ‘Well, that’s a good sign.'” (Gordon-Levitt, Coming Soon)