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Don Jon's Addiction

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Rob Brown
Release date: To be determined

What does a young, seriously talented actor do after spending 2012 co-starring in a box office juggernaut (The Dark Knight Rises) and headlining a well-received science-fiction thriller (Looper) alongside Bruce Willis? He writes and directs his debut film, of course.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, preparing to be the next Ben Affleck, made a huge splash last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival with Don Jon's Addiction, a comedy that's been described as Silver Linings Playbook meets Jersey Shore.

JGL stars as Jon Martello, a Garden State guido cut from the same GTL cloth as The Situation. His pursuit of looking good in order to bang "10s" is only rivaled by his obsession with Internet porn, but when he hits it off with two new women, one prudish (Scarlett Johansson) and one much older (Julianne Moore), Jon learns that it's time to grow up.

Unlike many Sundance premieres, Don Jon's Addiction seems tailor-made for the mainstream. But it's asking a lot of a first-time director to make this year's Silver Linings Playbook—can he manage?

(And for the sake of decency, let's cease and desist with the Jersey Shore references.)

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