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:

Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Rob Perez (as Robert Perez)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hartnett ... Matt
Shannyn Sossamon ... Erica Sutton
Paulo Costanzo ... Ryan
Adam Trese ... John
Emmanuelle Vaugier ... Susie
Lorin Heath Lorin Heath ... Diana
Aaron Trainor Aaron Trainor ... Walter
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Chris
Monet Mazur ... Candy
Christine Chatelain ... Andie
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Mandy
Michael C. Maronna ... Bagel Guy (as Michael Maronna)
Vinessa Shaw ... Nicole
Stefanie von Pfetten ... Girl in Chinatown (as Stefanie Von Pfetten)
Stanley Anderson ... Father Maher
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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

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This March, sex takes a holiday See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

After taking his vow, Matt looks up at the sun as it shines down on him. However, when we look at Matt, his shadow falls in front of him, not behind him as it should. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: [Ryan enters Matt's bedroom wearing rubber gloves and carrying a portable ultraviolet light] Surprise inspection.
Matt: What the hell's that thing?
Ryan: It's a special light that allows me to see if any fluids have been liberated.
[Examines Matt's bed, finds nothing]
Ryan: Keep up the good work.
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Connections

References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Talking 'bout My Baby
Written by John Anthony, Maurice Hirsch, James Hall, Jack Hall, Lewis Ross, Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook) and Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Fatboy Slim
Courtesy of Skint Records Ltd./Astralwerks Records
Containing Sample "Macon Hambone Blues"
Performed by Wet Willie
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Adorable and fun
3 August 2008 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This is a film about a young man who is challenged to have no sex for 40 days and 40 nights.

I think "40 Days and 40 Nights" is a refreshing change from the usual teenage sex comedy. Obviously there is still plenty of sex or provocative scenes, but the way these are presented is refreshingly different. Josh Hartnett is adorable, and he is so convincingly sex starved! The final scene featuring a washing machine is hilarious. It is such a good metaphor that I still remember it after years! "30 Days and 30 Nights" is superficial, hedonistic, and probably something you would not want to watch with your kids or parents. but serves the purpose of being entertaining.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

40 Days and 40 Nights See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,229,529, 3 March 2002

Gross USA:

$37,950,822

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,146,283
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1.85 : 1
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