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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

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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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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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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 »

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The fire on Matt's arm gets extinguished twice. See more »

Quotes

Candy: [describing the typical sexuality of men] They're like animals. Their entire lives revolve around their penises.
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References Penthouse: Pet of the Year & Friends (1999) See more »

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Memory Gospel
Written by Moby (as Richard Hall)
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Hartnett is charismatic enough to make it work
4 March 2002 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Josh Hartnett is a good looking kid who does not use his looks to put up a wall between him and the audience in this movie. He seems very human and sweet. This helps in a lot in this movie because he's the 'sex object' who is not getting any, and you don't mind not seeing him 'add another notch to the bedpost.'

Since all of his conquests make him feel bad or doomed for unhappiness, Matt (Hartnett) feels he must take drastic action by not giving in to any sexual urges.

He becomes the subject of an intense office pool and some of the girls who had bet on a specific day he would 'cave in' make moves on him. A website is dedicated to him and he is soon referred to as 'Vow Boy.'

The movie has a lot of laughs. A couple of scenes seem retundant and a couple don't belong at all, but for the most part this is pleasant enough entertainment. Josh gets some big laughs, more than anyone else, but his roommate and his boss get some too. Josh has some good chemistry with Shannyn Sossamon who plays Erica. 7/10.


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