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She persuades Jon to try masturbating without pornography, but he is unable to.She feels the reason he is more satisfied with watching than having sex is that pornography is a one-sided affair.Jon Martello is a young Italian American and modern-day Don Juan living in New Jersey, with a short list of things he cares about: "my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn." Though he has a very active sex life, he is more sexually satisfied by viewing pornography and masturbating, which enables him to "lose myself." On a night out with his two best friends, Bobby and Danny, Jon sees Barbara Sugarman, a young Jewish woman from a more affluent background.Although she finds him interesting, she declines his offer for a one-night stand.Christopher Nolan cautioned against both directing and starring in the film due to the extra challenges it would bring.Gordon-Levitt has credited his experience directing short films for Hit Record for teaching him what he needed to know to make Don Jon and has said that he hopes to make films in a more collaborative way in the future.
They meet each other's families and Jon's parents love her. He loves Barbara and considers her body perfect, but still finds pornography more satisfying. Their relationship resumes, with Jon watching pornography primarily outside his apartment, concealing his habit from Barbara.Development for Don Jon began in 2008, when Gordon-Levitt wrote early notes about the film.Rian Johnson gave feedback during the writing process and reviewed several cuts of the film.Jon meets with Barbara and apologizes for lying to her about the pornography.Barbara says she asked one thing of him and he failed.