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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

Josh Hartnett , Shannyn Sossamon , Michael Lehmann  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo, Adam Trese, Emmanuelle Vaugier
  • Directors: Michael Lehmann
  • Writers: Rob Perez
  • Producers: Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Jennifer J. Thomas, Liza Chasin, Michael London
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "40 Days and 40 Nights" on IMDb

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After being brutally dumped by his knockout ex-girlfriend, Matt (Josh Hartnett, Pearl Harbor) is so torn up inside that he vows to give up sexual activity--including masturbation--for Lent. His friends and coworkers start betting on how soon he'll crack. Their skepticism is given fuel when Matt meets Erica (Shannyn Sossamon, A Knight's Tale) at a laundromat. They're immediately smitten with each other, but Matt struggles to stay true to his vow, even though it threatens to founder his potential relationship with Erica. Based on this description, you might think that 40 Days and 40 Nights is religious educational video--however, the barrage of sex gags and frequent nudity would quickly dispel this notion. Almost nothing in this movie remotely resembles human behavior. Some movies are so deeply stupid that they're depressing to watch; this is one of them. --Bret Fetzer

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An outrageously sexy comedy starring Josh Hartnett (PEARL HARBOR, BLACK HAWK DOWN) and Shannyn Sossamon (A KNIGHT'S TALE), 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS is another hilarious hit from the producers of NOTTING HILL and BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY. On the heels of a disastrous breakup and a string of unfulfilling romantic conquests, Matt Sullivan (Hartnett) yearns to become a better, more complete person. In the midst of his despair, he chooses to test himself by making a vow of no sex whatsoever for 40 days and 40 nights! With everyone betting he won't finish ... and a seductive new girl in his life (Sossamon) ... it's all Matt can do to just hold on! Fun, fresh, and wildly entertaining -- you'll agree with critics everywhere who found this sexy comedy adventure totally irresistible!

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the professional reviewers/critics March 2, 2002
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I've found the greater amount of movies disappoint me, but Josh Hartnett has proven himself to be one of the rare actors of Hollywood, who takes risks and can laugh at himself. This movie was upbeat, snappy writing, although not as hyperactive as "The Gilmore Girls" and moved at a great pace, not too slow, not too fast. I laughed out loud often, along with the rest of the audience.
The theme exposes how young, hip, single men look at thier own sexual needs as opposed to how we woman view sex. A handsome hunk who apparently has no problems attracting woman, Josh's character is carrying around self-imposed sexual performance baggage after being dumped by a longtime girlfriend. His humorous, Catholic roots influence his choice to vow to 40 days of total sexual abstinance for Lent, in an attempt to once again attain control over his "issues".
I thought Hartnett and his co-stars did a terrific job of portraying the real but laughable status of men's basic sexual
needs/desires. This plot plays on the recent study that revealed how men think about sex every few moments. Yes, LOTS of guys watch porn, read Playboy and gratify themselves. This is no secret, and certainly easier to hear mention of than the perversions portrayed in so many other movies.
Unknown to him at first, Hartnett's co-workers and friends take the abstinance ball and run with it as a sub plot, while we watch Josh start to suffer. Throw in a tempting and available new love interest to test his will and the sexual tension heats up.
I found this movie far less offensive than most of the regularly available crud on prime time TV and more tame than you might expect, in terms of sexuality, language etc. Each character was developed enough to make the viewer believe them.
I suppose you could call this a guy movie, but any of us women who have lived with a man, will recognize the dilemma and actions of the main character and his cohorts.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So preposterous, I couldn't finish watching it. January 20, 2009
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An utterly atrocious film. Not only is the premise completely ludicrous, but the (literal) climax of the movie depicts the protagonist being raped -- raped! -- by his spiteful ex-girlfriend, who is awarded a sizable cash prize for her crime. The protagonist is then harangued by his volatile love interest for "cheating" and forced to apologize! And all of this is somehow supposed to be funny. What. The. Hell?! If the roles had been reversed -- if the rape and humiliation of a female protagonist had been portrayed as a comical misunderstanding -- 40 Days & 40 Nights would have been barred from theaters for trivializing sex crimes and poking fun at their victims. How can anyone find this kind of sexual double-standard acceptable, let alone entertaining?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't expect much January 8, 2004
Any sex comedy that has come out in the past couple of years seems to fall victim to the same tired set of gags and cliches. This movie is no exception. While it's premise may be original, it's execution is all too familiar.
Sexually frustrated male lead? Check!
Neurotic female who, for some unknown reason, the male is attracted to? Check!
A bunch of one-note friends who's lives revolve around sex? Check!
A stock pile of overused gags including the vexing "boner in public" gag? check!
Predictably, Matt (Hartnett) spends most of the movie trying to tear down the walls Erica (Sossamon) keeps throwing up between them. Half the time I have trouble figuring out what the big deal is each time she storms off upset. Apparently this is very common for Sossamon, who's played the same damn role in every movie I've ever seen her in. Kudos to whoever mentioned the part where she storm's off, forcing Matt to apologize for being raped. If I was Matt, I'd tell her to walk her ass into oncoming traffic.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Days" Is Fun July 6, 2002
"40 Days and 40 Nights" is a crude, vulgar, at times I guess it can be described as an offensive movie. In other words it's a guy's movie lol. There's something inside me saying, it's wrong for me to like this movie. This is not a "great" movie. I know I've seen much better movies. I consider myself a filmbuff and have seen several American classics and well as several foreign films. But, still, for some reason, despite myself, I like this movie. Then again I always seem to go for movies like this. I like the "American Pie" films. I liked the first "Scary Movie". So there is a side of me that enjoys vulgar humor.
"40 Days and 40 Nights" as most people know is about a guy named Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) taking a vow of celibacy for the lenght the title says. He does this because as a friend tells him "(He's) packed with issues!" He can't seem to get over his girfriend. Every other person he is with he compares to his ex, Nicole (Vinesse Shaw). But, the odd thing is, his way of trying to deal with this problem is by sleeping with them. So, he decides if he can get his mind off sex all of his problems will go away and he'll forget about his ex. But, he meets a girl, Erica (Shannyn Sossamon). Who just further tempts him and makes things worst for him.
One of the reasons I like "40 Days and 40 Nights" is that it seems to have something to say about teen dating and the importance people (of any age) have placed on sex. The film shows how that seems to be the main thing on both guys and girls mind's. There was a line in the movie that Erica gives "God!Why won't he just sleep with me!" That one line is a key line to the film. Teens and other people sometimes refer to sex as merely a casual act. Something you wouldn't even give a second thought too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Flick that you can get your guy to watch!
Great film! Light hearted, funny. Good chick flick! My guy had no problem sitting through it with me! Funny movie.
Published 1 month ago by Helena
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch.
There were some hilarious moments. I can appreciate this as I have done this exact thing before, about eight years before the movie came out.
Published 1 month ago by Christopher jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie.
This is a great movie. It ranks right up there with American Pie. It really made me laugh out loud.
Published 3 months ago by mercamish
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Funny. My husband and I thought it was hilarious. We had a fun time watching it. There are lots of laughs.
Published 6 months ago by Rodgersd89
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 days and 40 nights
Great for any teenager with the slightest bit of a pervertive mind.. The guy on the cover vows to NOT have sex for 40 days and 40 nights. Read more
Published 7 months ago by marvin mcdaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 90's movie
Excellent movie with a cast of top notch stars, I find myself watching it over again and again. Definitely a must see for everyone.
Published 9 months ago by MV
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Nostalgic Goodness
I forgot how funny this movie is, but it's definitely a "sex comedy". I bought this when I was feeling nostalgic for my teens and this is still worth watching.
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie O'Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars A very under-rated flick!
I really, really like this film. It's light-hearted. It's fun. It's brain candy. No metaphysical examinations or essays. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert Katigbak
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Movie
Very funny comedy. One that the guys and their girlfriends can enjoy.The sexual comedy in this movie is definitely something that will keep you interested.
Published 13 months ago by Angela Harrison
2.0 out of 5 stars Streaming issues
Loved the movie but had problems with the streaming. The movie kept starting and stoping on me was very frustrating.
Published 15 months ago by john butler
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