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'Don Jon's Addiction' Opens October 18; No Awards Push Planned

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 24, 2012 at 3:19PM

Just because Relativity is opening Joseph Gordon-Levitt's anti-porn romantic comedy "Don Jon's Addiction" on October 18 doesn't mean that they're going for an awards push. It's always foolish, in my view, to wear your hopes on your sleeve.
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JGL on set of 'Don Jon's Addiction'
Via hitRECord: Gordon-Levitt on the set of my 'Don Jon's Addiction'

Just because Relativity is opening writer-filmmaker Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature directing debut, anti-porn romantic comedy "Don Jon's Addiction," on October 18 doesn't mean that they're going for an awards push. For one thing, they've committed to going wide, and for another, it's always foolish, in my view, to wear your hopes on your sleeve.

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Far better to let the critics say what it is or isn't. The portrait of a blue collar sex-addicted New Jersey bartender (JGL) trying to give up porn for his first love (Scarlett Johannson) has already played well at Sundance, Berlin and SXSW; building more positive buzz is always a good plan. Going out October 18 is more about the fall smart-movie corridor, when it's easy to hit regional festivals and a heavy screening program in colleges when kids are back in school. 

"The last thing we are thinking is an award push," producer Ram Bergman responds via email. "We just want to make sure that we get the film in front of the right audience."

My Sundance review is here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.