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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  1 March 2002 (USA)
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After a brutal break-up, a young man vows to stay celibate during the forty days of Lent, but finds the girl of his dreams and is unable to do anything about it.

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Nicole broke up with Matt months ago and is now engaged to someone else. He's very good-looking and has no trouble finding other lovers, but that doesn't help because he's still obsessed with wanting her back. Then he gets the inspiration that swearing off sex for Lent (all forms of sexual activity, even kissing or masturbation) will give him the perspective he needs. So of course a few days later he meets a woman and they fall in love. Now Matt sees his vow as a personal matter, and won't even tell her about it, but his friends think otherwise, and now the complications begin... Written by Anonymous

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$317,400 (Netherlands) (2 August 2002)

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$42,259,967 (Europe) (16 August 2002)
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Among the adult videotapes that Matt keeps in his wardrobe there are these titles: Midnight Tease (1994), Emmanuelle: First Contact (1994), 'Penthouse: Dear Diary', Penthouse: Pet of the Year & Friends (1999), 'Penthouse: The Ultimate Pet Games', 'Banging Wood', 'In Diana Jones and the Temple of Poon' and 'Wet Slappin''. See more »

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When Matt is running to see Nicole after he finds out she is engaged, you can see the van (with the side door open) filming him in a reflection on a building. See more »

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Ryan: [upon learning Matt's given up sex for Lent] One - you can't do it. It's j... This isn't a personal attack towards you, I'm just saying that no man can do it. It goes against nature. The male was biologically designed to spread his seed, Matt. You're gonna piss off the seeds, man! You're gonna... It goes against science! You wanna be the guy who goes against science?
Matt: [patiently] And two?
Ryan: Two - are you out of your fucking mind? You're the guy who can't finish a sandwich! You think you can go 40 ...
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A brave, yet wasted effort.
13 January 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I give Hartnett credit. Not only did he win the heart of my mother in PEARL HARBOR but he also showed he also has the cojones to play a role such as the one of Matt in 40 DAYS. Funny enough, the first two-thirds of the movie is not funny at all, and goes through the motions of just about every other sitcom on television. And when the final third of the movie comes around, everything just becomes overly ludicrous.

Matt is tired of his empty, sex-filled life. For Lent, he vows off of sex, just in time to meet the perfect girl of course.

At one time, Toronto was rated the second least romantic city of the world (Warsaw beat us, those darn Polish!), so living in a city where I see my friends and I working hard enough as it is to pay rent and keep our bellies full of food and beer (eh), sex is hardly a factor in a city where you are working too hard to think about it or you are having too much of it. Simply, I do not see the big deal about losing 40 days and nights of no sex. So the entire joke is wasted on me and the satire of the fact was not funny at all. But I give credit for Hartnett and the gusto of most of the actors involved. Hardly a step up for anyone but nothing detrimental.


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