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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

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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One man is going to find out what it's like... See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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1 March 2002 (USA)  »

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40 días y 40 noches  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,229,529 (USA) (1 March 2002)

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$37,939,782 (USA) (17 May 2002)
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Ashton Kutcher and Katie Holmes were originally set to play the roles of Matt and Erica. They both dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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In one of the bathroom scenes, Matt jumps/falls out of the window he opens. In the next scene, the boss is asked where Matt is, but the window is closed in the background. See more »

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Bagel Guy: [Unaware he's talking to Matt about his former girlfriend] Whew, I can't believe it because that girl, you can't even look right at her. She's so hot you need one of those cardboard eclipse-watching things just to look directly at her, she's so radiantly hot! It makes me want to just throw her down, you know, and just
[hip-thrusts the table before him]
Bagel Guy: . You know what I mean? I'm glad we can connect on that.
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References China Beach (1988) See more »

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Strange Disease
Written by Jason Levine and James McCollum
Performed by Prozzäk (as Prozzak)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Terrible
29 December 2002 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

I didn't find any redeeming qualities in this movie. I knew going in the movie was kind of based on the sophomoric premise that a sexually active young man was giving up sex for Lent. The movie also purports to be a comedy. So, almost all of the humor of the film revolves around Matt's (Josh Hartnett) attempt at celibacy, while apparently in his world every woman is young beautiful, and willing to have sex with him. So, you get lots of scenes of him gasping in frustration running away from women while putting ice down his pants. I found the humor witless, and below the standards of "Porky's" or typical teenage drive-in type movies.

Also, in this world were Matt lives, everyone knows about everyone else's sex lifes, they are freely discussed, and in Matt's case becomes the subject of world wide betting on the internet. While Matt seems to view this as an unfortunate turn of events, apparently he harbours no ill will towards his "friends" for publishing his plight. Or doesn't seem to be upset with them as they go out of their way to make him break is vow for Lent.

There is more to the "plot" of the movie, he meets a girl and falls in love but the movie screams the question "HOW CAN THEY BE IN LOVE IF THEY AREN'T HAVING SEX?" I'm not sure what the movie answered... it doesn't matter. The movie is absurd, the ending is meaningless.


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