Originally I wanted to write about why feminism isn’t just for women, but then I realized that there are so many articles and blogs and video posts on this one topic that one more would be redundant. Instead, I want to talk about an upcoming film that explores why patriarchy sucks for men.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has recently directed his first film that is expected to premiere this October called Don Jon. This films looks like it’s going to satire about the dichotomy between fantasy-reality in our patriarchal society. It critiques the social construction of societal norms like masculinity, femininity, and sexuality while simultaneously exploring the perpetuation of these norms in media, religious groups, material items and other people.
Don Jon is a fictional character that is obsessed with exerting and maintaining his masculinity. In this first trailer, Don Jon states that he only cares [obsesses] about a few things:
Already this film is picking at the cult of hegemonic masculinity and the feminist inside of me TOTALLY is wigging out about it.
The plot of this film seems to circle around Don Jon falling in love with a woman named Barbara (played by super sexy Scarlett Johansson) , who is obsessed with romance films that are knowingly fantastical and unrealistic, but serves as a standard for what she expects in real life. Don Jon internally criticizes her for ridiculous obsession and stupid expectations, but hey! She’s hot and he’s in love so it doesn’t matter.
In contrast, he is a man that is obsessed with outlandishly fake porn that serves as a social comparison for what he expects from women in real life. Naturally the plot is about how their expectations are essentially a double-bind that is destined to clash.
With that being said, I’m excited for this movie because I think it will be one of the most thought-provoking and comedic independent films of the year. I pretty much expect this film to break down why patriarchy just sucks for everybody in general, but especially for men.
ALL WHILE BEING A DECENT ROMANTIC COMEDY!!!
Seriously, what more could you possibly want out of life?
Side note: It’s a known fact that I dislike romantic comedies because of their crappy, formulaic and cheesy story lines, but what makes this one different is that the character Don Jon acknowledges how crappy they are thereby making this film an exception to the rom-com genre.
I think it’ll make for a nice date night movie, but DO NOT make it a date night movie if your relationship is not at that level where you ready to openly talk, hear, and possibly see porn/sex because that can get really awkward really fast.
The movie Don Jon is due to premiere in October and you can bet your ass that I’ll be writing about it after I’ve seen it three times. Because let’s face it, the first time I’ll be enjoying the movie. The second time I’ll simply be drooling over Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who I have reason to believe is a feminist thereby making him even sexier in my book). The third time I’ll be a little more critical about the film itself and do a review, analysis, and all of that nerdy shit that you probably won’t even care about.
On top of all of that, Joesph Gordon-Levitt has created a Don Martello Twitter account where poses as the character Don Jon. He responds to fan questions about the film, his character, and why “that pussy ass kid actor from 30 rock made a movie” about him. It’s quite comical and an excellent PR strategy if you ask me. To articulate the anticipation of this film I want to point out that Don Jon was trending worldwide on Twitter after the first few hours that only one movie trailer debuted. I encourage you take a few minutes to check it out here. You can also follow Don Martello on Twitter @DonJon.
In the meantime, here are some must read/ must-see articles and videos about why patriarchy can suck for the dudes and why feminism isn’t just for women: