Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Don Jon’

“Don Jon,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

In “Don Jon,” Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend; but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Gordon-Levitt. Due to its subject matter and language, it is recommended for mature audiences only.

Film critic Richard Roeper calls the film “an offbeat, frank and often surprising gem.” Bill Goodykoontz, in the Arizona Republic, calls it “a sharp turn on the romantic comedy a movie about flawed people doing flawed things, often in funny fashion.” Manohla Dargis, in the New York Times, calls it “a deceptively sincere movie about masculinity and its discontents that Mr. Gordon-Levitt, making a fine feature-directing debut, shapes into a story about a young man’s moral education.” Betsy Sharkey, in the Los Angeles Times, says “who would have thought one of today’s most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn.”

Rated R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use, “Don Jon” runs 90 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with “Captain Phillips,” the true story of the Somali pirate capture of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, starring Tom Hanks, on Nov. 16 & 19; and “Enough Said,” featuring James Gandolfini’s final performance, on Nov. 23 & 26.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.