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Scarlett Johansson Doesn’t Know What a Rom-Com Is?!

Breanne Heldman
Movie Talk
September 27, 2013

Seeing as "Don Jon" is about a guy with a porn addiction, we thought we'd take this rare opportunity and ask stars Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt about their habits watching … romantic comedies.

See what we did there?

The answers we received were more surprising than we could have imagined.

"Do I watch a lot of romantic comedies? Clearly not, because earlier I discovered I don't know what they are," Johansson, who has appeared in "The Nanny Diaries" and "He's Just Not That Into You," confessed. "I know romantic films and I like comedies but I can't remember what a romantic comedy is. This is a romantic comedy, isn't it?"

We chimed in simultaneously with the actors to say, "Kind of."

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In the film, while JGL's Jon is obsessed with porn, Johansson's character, Barbara, is into cheesy, stereotypical romantic comedies of the Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway variety (they make a cameo in "Don Jon" as the stars of one such flick) and tries to make them her reality.

So, while we all agreed that "Don Jon" could be classified as a rom-com, Johansson astutely points out that this is "not one that Barbara would see."

Gordon-Levitt stepped in to play teacher: "The best and, I think, most memorable romantic comedies, like 'Annie Hall,' or 'Shampoo,' or 'The Graduate' … those are often 'kind of' romantic comedies, but they're also subversive somewhat."

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"Like 'Harold and Maude?'" ScarJo asked.

A+ for the good student!

"Don Jon" arrives in theaters this weekend and also stars Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, and Tony Danza, and is the Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut. Watch the trailer: