A quiet week, with nothing new dazzling me.
Of most interest, I guess, is Don Jon (65), actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directing debut. He also wrote the film, about a pornography addict (incidentally, I missed a film last week, Thanks For Sharing (54), also about sex addicts). I like Gordon-Levitt as a performer, but this seems like a rental. Manohla Dargis: “While addiction may make Jon sound like a bummer, as played with great swagger and subterranean wit by the movie’s writer and director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this improbable charmer conveys convincingly triumphant braggadocio. That’s true even if all Jon cares about, as he repeatedly claims in a voice-over that sounds like a loop, are ‘“my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn.”
Tyler Perry did not make Baggage Claim (34), but he certainly is responsible for its existence–before Perry there was no market for the black moviegoer other than martial arts or gangster films. Unfortunately, none of these movies has broken out as entertaining for the rest of us. Nicolas Rapold: “(David) Talbert’s film, which is his second feature and is adapted from his own novel, doesn’t quite make the grade either. Predictability and clichés get in the way of comedy here, especially with a lead character who rarely comes across as more than blandly sweet.”
Also this week are the animated sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (58); Metallica Through the Never (61), a concert film by the heavy metal legends; Winter Nomads (77), a documentary about French shepherds, and the best/worst title of the week, The Secret Lives of Dorks (29). Neil Genzlinger: “There’s no way to prepare yourself for how awful “The Secret Lives of Dorks” is.”