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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.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Rob Perez (as Robert Perez)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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One man is going to find out what it's like... 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 días y 40 noches See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,229,529, 3 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,950,822

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,146,283
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Josh Hartnett tried to emulate his character's celibacy. He lasted for two weeks. See more »

Goofs

When Matt is running to see Nicole after he finds out she is engaged, you can see the van (with the side door open) filming him in a reflection on a building. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: [Giving sex advice to Matt] All right, all right, all right. Here's what you're gonna do. You're gonna strap a helmet on Big John, put him in the game, and he will play his little heart out, okay? He'll put up big numbers for you. You're gonna forget about the cracks in the ceiling, forget about Nicole. Go out and give your star player the support he needs. Right?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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 easmith03See 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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