Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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DON JON(18) REAL sex is good "but it's not as good as porn", asserts New Jersey ladies' man Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), whose unrealistic attitude to sex - fuelled by the fantasy scenarios in his favourite films - makes it impossible for him to forge lasting relationships.

That changes when he encounters gum-chewing sex bomb, Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson). Romance blossoms and Barbara encourages Jon to better himself by taking night classes. She also charms Jon's parents, Jon Sr (Tony Danza) and Angela (Glenne Headly), but fractures appear in the fledgling relationship when Barbara catches Jon at his laptop.

Joseph Levitt and Johansson "I'm not a junkie, it's not heroin!" he protests, promising to give up his adult films and devote himself to Barbara. However, old habits are hard to break and Jon turns to Esther (Julianne Moore), a mature student in his night class, for advice.

THE BUTLER (12A) WE FIRST meet Cecil Gaines (aka Eugene Allen) working on the cotton fields with his mother and father as a young boy. When he is old enough, he leaves in search of a better life and after a chance encounter starts working as a waiter.

Now portrayed by Forest Whitaker, pictured, Cecil progresses through the ranks of various establishments until he achieves the position of butler in the White House.

So far, so simple, but Gaines's home life is troubled. The butler, pleased to have a good job, remains politically neutral.

As a result he clashes with his son Louis (David Oyelowo), who is strongly involved in the fight for civil rights. His wife (Oprah Winfrey) is falling apart, struggling with her husband's devotion to work and resulting absence from the home, as well as Louis's stints in and out of prison. It transpires that Louis is a Freedom Rider, and later a Black Panther, who becomes embroiled in many of the landmark civil rights events. …

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