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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

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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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Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Rob Perez (as Robert Perez)
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Cast

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 ... 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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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 »

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Country:

USA | UK | France

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[to Matt on why he should tell Erica about his vow]
Ryan: Dude, you got to tell her. Seriously. You can pass off two dates without a kiss as old fashioned - you go three and you're a homo.
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References China Beach (1988) See more »

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Written by Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund
Performed by Everclear
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raunchy sex romp ends poorly
31 May 2003 | by weymoSee all my reviews

This movie is pretty good. The acting is good the plot is interesting and fairly believable. I'm surprised that it managed to get an 'R' rating as there are quite a few things that push the envelope toward an 'X' rating. Josh Hartnett is wonderful as is the entire supporting cast. The sense of anticipation and heightened sexual tension/frustration is communicated extremely well while Matt (Josh Hartnett) embarks on his 40-day celibacy during Lent. However. In a movie that is intended to be a dot-com, light-hearted romp I was surprised to see a casual treatment of male rape. There is no question that in one scene a man is incapacitated and forced to have sex against his will. I found this extremely disturbing and it turned the entire movie around making it extremely unpalatable rather than risque. I would invite you to see this movie and decide for yourself. But strap on a seat belt...the content is extremely sexual.


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