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Should you see Don Jon?

I am always on the lookout for a film that has real redeeming value so I was excited to hear of the release of a film that was a look at the life of a man addicted to pornography.

Here is the plot as described by IMDB.

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull “10s” every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don’t compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. Written by SophiaLB

Sounds good. The direction of the film has definitely piqued my interest. Then I scroll a few lines down and it is Rated R for sexual content and nudity.

Suspicious.

I then read the parental advisory on IMDB.

Frequent sex scenes and jokes, usually in a very funny context, though very graphic.

Crap!

On reading further, the original version that was played at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival was rated NC-17. The movie was then toned down to being rated R.

So this movie is the equivalent of having an AA meeting in a bar. Sure it might be helpful, but more likely we will just end up staring at the naked girls. Unfortunately, this is a movie that anyone in the recovery community should sit out.

-Chip

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4 thoughts on “Should you see Don Jon?

  1. Thanks for the warning Chip, my husband and I saw “Thanks for Sharing” on Friday night, and I would say the same thing. No actual nudity (sort of) but all the scenes that are big triggers for everyone involved, spent much of it in trauma, and then audience members who don’t know the serious of it were laughing at bits that those involved find painful, I would not recommend this one either! Those in the know already know, let the rest of the population see it maybe….

  2. JL, it really is a shame. The more I read about Don Jon the more I want to see it. I’ve heard good reviews from many sources. Unfortunately, even a good message well told doesn’t change what my heart would do as I watch those girls in the movie. I wish it were different. I appreciate you comment. Lots of people read the blog, few comment. Thank you.
    -Chip

  3. I saw it and wish I hadn’t. While there were solid concepts talked about, I felt like it had a way over simplified view of addiction. He “cold turkeyed” it after saying that he couldn’t remember a day in his adult life that he hadn’t looked at porn. It did hit on concepts like selfishness and addiction, and that porn problems are largely intimacy problems. But over all I think they painted the picture of a guy who’s a sex addict and then showed him turn around instantaneously upon making the decision to change. It has straight up porn in it and its not a true representation of what kind of hard work this guy would have had to to turn his life around. I appreciate the effort, but don’t see it!

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