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'Don Jon': Catholics Respond to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Raunchy Redemptive Comedy (VIDEO)

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by John Anderson
September 24, 2013 3:29 PM
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  • Greg Bottaro | October 7, 2013 9:56 AMReply

    I think you've missed the point about the confessional scenes. I am a devout Catholic and am particularly sensitive to cinematic attacks on the Church, however I don't believe JGL was making such an attack here. He shows his father played by Tony Danza, as well as his spiritual father, the priest, offering no help to his plight as a young man in our culture. This is one of the strongest factors eating away at goodness in our society. The movie doesn't say that all fathers are terrible, and it doesn't say that all priests are terrible. What it does say is that when a young adult male opens up to the idea of real love or virtue in his heart, the older men in his life play an important role as models of manhood.

  • David Z | August 1, 2014 8:15 PM

    I'm no Catholic, but the fact that the priest wouldn't discuss with him at all why the "penance" is always the same seemed to cast the Church in a bad light. Unless that's how confession is and he'd need to schedule a different meeting with the priest to discuss that? As I said, I'm no Catholic ad have no idea how these things should work.

  • Brian | September 25, 2013 10:38 AMReply

    "Nevertheless, as Katharine Hepburn once put it: The so-called “Don” -- thus titled by his friend because he never fails to go home with some random babe at the Jersey bars where they all hang out – is devoutly Catholic, at least in his own peculiar way, attending mass regularly with his parents (Danza, and a terrific Glenne Headly) and feeling some predictably Catholic guilt both for his extramarital shenanigans, and the fact that he’s a porn addict."

    I'm confused. What part of that sentence is the Katharine Hepburn quote?

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