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Rated R · 89 minutes · 2013
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt lets it all hang out as Jon Martello, a New Jersey guy who goes to church regularly, eats meals with his parents, takes pride in scoring girls at nightclubs, and compulsively masturbates to Internet porn several times a day. If that performance were all it took, this would be an engrossing character study of a young man on a journey of self-discovery. But JGL, who also wrote and directed, lays on the “Jersey Boy” stereotypes so thickly – with Jon, his buddies, his folks, and his new girlfriend Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) – that it gums up the works. Luckily for all, there’s the figure of Esther (Julianne Moore), a “cougar” earth mother who shows Jon another way. So the impression is of a movie that might have been exceptional, but which is still pretty good. Tony Danza and Glenne Headley costar as Jon’s parents (90 min.).


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Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Producer: Ram Bergman and Nicholas Chartier
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headley, Brie Larson, Rob Brown and Jeremy Luke

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