MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 280 this week

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  1 March 2002 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 58,535 users   Metascore: 53/100
Reviews: 204 user | 140 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

(as Robert Perez)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 24 Nov 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 12 Apr 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 02 Mar 2014
 
a list of 31 titles
created 08 Mar 2014
 
a list of 39 titles
created 26 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of 40 Days and 40 Nights.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

When a colossal tectonic shift causes the sea level to start rising, a microbiologist gathers the DNA of as many species as she can, while the military creates an "ark" in a desperate attempt to preserve life on Earth.

Director: Peter Geiger
Stars: Alex Carter, Monica Keena, Alex Arleo
Wicker Park (2004)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His conviction leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold to trail her.

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger, Matthew Lillard
Blow Dry (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley, a town where Phil and son Brian run a barbershop and Phil's ex-wife Shelly and her lover Sandra run a beauty salon. Phil and ... See full summary »

Director: Paddy Breathnach
Stars: Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Griffiths
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.

Director: Petter Næss
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

Director: David Slade
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two LAPD detectives who moonlight in other fields investigate the murder of an up-and-coming rap group.

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Isaiah Washington
O (2001)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in a high school and centered around basketball player Odin.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen
August (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

August centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Director: Austin Chick
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Former high school classmates reunite by chance during a chaotic party-filled evening.

Director: Brady Kiernan
Stars: Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister Jones, Michael Imperioli
Zéro un (2003)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A compilation of ten short films produced by Luc Besson.

Directors: Jeanne Biras, Christophe Campos, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Jason 'Wee Man' Acuña, Caroline Beaune, Delphine Delambre
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Lorin Heath ...
Aaron Trainor ...
...
...
Christine Chatelain ...
...
...
Bagel Boy (as Michael Maronna)
...
...
Girl in Chinatown
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's Easy to Say But Harder To Do! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

40 días y 40 noches  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$42,259,967 (Europe) (16 August 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Matt gives up sexual contact etc. for Lent hence 40 days and forty nights, but the season of lent (Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) is 46 days and 46 nights because Sundays are not counted. If Matt gave sex up for Lent, he would go 46 days and nights in a row without sex. If (as is listed at the bottom of the screen as "day # blank") he only went 40 days and 40 nights, he would be cutting out the Sundays and could do what he so desired with those days. See more »

Quotes

Chris: If you want to get laid you take a chick to a fancy restaurant, but if you really like her you take her to your secret place.
See more »

Connections

References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad Dreams (Remix)
Written by Richard Cameron, Gerry Arling and Joost Swarte
Performed by Arling & Cameron & Swarte
Courtesy of Basta - Audio/Visuals - Holland
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Holding out for the One...
4 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Michael Lehman's "40 Days and 40 Nights" is a surprisingly funny, smart, edgy romantic comedy with an amazing sweetness to it. This is a feat given some of the graphic dialog, and outrageous sight gags. Credit the star power of Josh Hartnett, the skillful direction of Michael Lehman, and a brisk and "in your face" screenplay by Rob Perez. The movie intends to offend, and we give it permission to do so-- the effect is a fun time at the movies.

Josh Hartnett plays young Dot Commer, Matt, who is suffering since his break up 6 months ago from Nicole (a viciously good Vinessa Shaw). Matt has visions of a Black Hole fissuring from the ceiling whenever he is having sex with women which is very often-- poor guy. Matt confides in his brother, John (Adam Trese), a priest completing his probationary period. John is not the tower of strength and inspiration that Matt is looking for. Then by design, divine intervention, or sheer insanity, Matt chooses abstinence for 40 days and nights until Lent. And this is extreme-- no fondling and... no masturbation. No one believes Matt will last 40 days, much less a week. Among the faithless is Matt's roommate, Ryan (Paulo Costanzo), who betrays Matt confidence and tells his co-workers at Matt's Internet company. They start a pool on a website predicting Matt's demise. In the meantime, Matt pursues a relationship with a great girl, Erica (a beautiful Shannyn Sossamon), who he met at the local laundromat. Also by design it just happens that Erica has a history of dating weirdos, and she works for Cyber Nanny, a company that safeguards against porn-sites. Matt also finds out that Nicole is back from Europe and now engaged, and she will not let him forget this. What makes the movie special is that Matt really falls in love with Erica without sleeping with her, and that he remains abstinent, because he said so... This is refreshing. Josh Hartnett is great here. His Matt is a good-looking, charming guy who makes an insane choice and lives with it. Hartnett also comes across as empathetic, as a man thrust in an almost impossible situation where everyone is betting on his failure. He has a quiet strength about him, is very funny, and totally believable. Shannyn Sossamon is stunning-- you can see why Matt falls for her. And when she wonders if Matt is gay, this is hilarious. Sossamon's Erica is smart and compassionate with great humanity. Playing a woman wondering why the guy she is attracted to doesn't want to have sex with her is not an easy role... or natural.

The humor in "40 Days" is raw, though enjoy the ride. Afterall it is a romance, managed well by Lehman, Harnett, and Sossamon. And we don't mind being offended as long as it is done smartly with style, and that we are ultimately touched.


26 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
no porn, no masturbation for 40 days! ***WARNING: R18*** willshakethespear
Josh (Matt) cant act! kays111
Here's the thing... dmcdknf
Discuss 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?