While Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut won’t hit screens until Oct. 18, the star-packed Sundance standout released its first trailer yesterday. Don Jon, the comedic film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, chronicles the story of a young New Jersey native trying to balance his guido’d out lifestyle with a newfound love.
Also starring Tony Danza and Julianne Moore, Don Jon delves into Jon Martello’s materialistic, obsessive lifestyle. In the first trailer released for the film, Martello exclaims his love for his “body, pad, ride, family, church, boys, girls and porn.”
The latter appears to be the focus of the film, whose working title was Don Jon’s Addiction. The trailer shows scenes that lead to the dichotomy of two unrealistic film worlds set for males and females, cliché romantic comedies and pornographic films. Scenes like this appear to shed light on subjects that are much deeper than that of a shallow rom-com about two rag-tag Jersey kids falling in love despite opposing views.
The film received positive reviews at Sundance and the quirky trailer gives viewers a small taste of the humor that lines Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, including an all-too relatable car ride singalong to a Marky Mark song.