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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

R  |   |  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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Comedy | Romance

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

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Release Date:

1 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

40 días y 40 noches  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$42,259,967 (Europe) (16 August 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 »


The sports page of the Chronicle that Paul Constanzo's character is holding has a headline about the Raiders beating the Seahawks, a game that would not have occurred during the Lenten season. See more »


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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I wasn't expecting too much with this movie, but I was expecting more than what I got. Watching this, I couldn't help but think "I've seen this so many times before." Josh Hartnett (who did pretty good with what he was given), plays a heart-broken guy who swears off ALL forms of sex for Lent in order to gain a better perspective on life. Shannyn Sossaman plays his love interest, which makes his vow of celibacy all the more tougher to handle. Can he do it??? Does it matter??? This movie was predictable and unfunny. The secondary characters are nothing more than annoying "American Pie" rejects, the character of Erica is in SERIOUS need of a hair wash and comb, and, well, it's just not very funny.

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