And in a culture that celebrates the most immediate and short-lived of human experiences, good art should point to something more permanent, but not be so ethereal that people can't connect with the message. Maybe Don Jon doesn't walk the line carefully enough, and sits a little more towards the worldly side of things than the transcendent. But making an honest and deeply human attempt to even do so is something to be treasured.
The confusing thing about writing a content warning section for Don Jon is that, if you're a young male, you're likely part of the target audience for both the movie and the object of the movie, which places the sexual content firmly in the realm of the familiar.
To wit: the movie has likely hundreds of clips of pornography spliced in—naked breasts are shown, people gyrate, and there are strong implications of oral sex that are only obscured by clever editing. It's all very dirty-feeling and ugly and unappealing; the literal last thing in the world that this movie does is glorify porn. Jon has sexual encounters with lots of women, and they're almost all shown in varying states of undress. Jon and Barbara stretch the word "foreplay" until it just about breaks in two. Hundreds of swear words, predominately "f--k" and derivatives (luckily no integrals of "f--k").
And let me just be totally, transparently clear, here: this movie pushes the bounds of an R-rating just about as far as it'll go (Gordon-Levitt had to edit it down from an NC-17). Those who don't mind may find it funny, but for the Christian viewer, especially one that either struggles or is present in the life of someone who struggles with the issue, it would be both maybe hurtful to see those images again, and insanely uncomfortable to see with a spouse or girlfriend or something. It's just a case of everything being too real, all the dirty laundry of the lies men tell hung out to dry, and for some it may be too much.
Jackson Cuidon is a writer in New York City. You can follow him on his semi-annually updated Twitter account: @jxscott