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40 Days and 40 Nights

40 Days and 40 Nights

3.9 14
Director: Michael Lehmann

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo


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Following memorable roles in the military action-adventures Pearl Harbor (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001), young actor Josh Hartnett is propelled to romantic leading man status with this semi-autobiographical comedy from screenwriter Rob Perez. Hartnett stars as Matt Sullivan, a young man smarting over the bitter breakup of his most recent relationship.


Following memorable roles in the military action-adventures Pearl Harbor (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001), young actor Josh Hartnett is propelled to romantic leading man status with this semi-autobiographical comedy from screenwriter Rob Perez. Hartnett stars as Matt Sullivan, a young man smarting over the bitter breakup of his most recent relationship. With Lent approaching, Matt decides to observe the 40-day tradition by abstaining from all sexual contact, including self-gratification. Once his odyssey of discipline has begun, he meets the girl of his dreams, while his ex begins campaigning to get him back. Co-starring Shannyn Sossamon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Vinessa Shaw, 40 Days and 40 Nights inspired another round of controversy between distributor Miramax and the Catholic League, which accused the film of being a "vulgar parody" of Lent. The League previously protested the company's releases of Priest (1994) and Dogma (1999).

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Potentially unsavory material is deftly handled in this hip, youth-oriented comedy starring up-and-comer Josh Hartnett as a weary lothario who swears off sex for Lent. Hartnett does a great job of eliciting sympathy for a character whose behavior has bordered on smarmy. Matt is a charming, handsome yuppie genuinely pained by his failure to sustain meaningful relationships with women. Temporarily tired of "playing the game," he vows to avoid romantic entanglements for 40 days, but neither his perpetually horny roommate (Paulo Costanzo) nor his clergyman brother (Adam Trese) believes Matt can stay celibate. Neither do his co-workers, who organize a web site pool to pick the day he'll fall off the wagon. Screen newcomer Shannyn Sossamon registers strongly as the adorable girl Matt meets in a laundromat and who represents his greatest source of temptation. Director Michael Lehmann (The Truth About Cats and Dogs) and screenwriter Robert Perez poke good-natured fun at the overactive libidos and Byzantine courtship rituals of young American males. In keeping with contemporary cultural trends, sexual conduct is discussed casually and significantly demystified by being targeted for ridicule as the plot demands. Bright, breezy, and deliciously irreverent, 40 Days and 40 Nights is just the ticket for home viewers who'd like to spice up an evening with some (not too) naughty fun.
All Movie Guide
"Blasphemous" doesn't begin to describe the marginally church-themed 40 Days and 40 Nights, though its crimes against Catholicism have little to do with that label. In fact, this soulless Josh Hartnett vehicle earns contempt by being so devoid of intellect, worthwhile commentary or even playfully bad taste, it actually validates the complaints of the most reactionary religious types. The crucial mission of this kind of film is to document the simultaneously shallow trappings and sublime pleasures of physical gratification, letting one inform the other to achieve both subtle and bawdy humor. Michael Lehmann's film never finds this admittedly delicate touch, but the small number of times it even comes close is what's truly dispiriting. Its default condition is to poop on all of its characters, even the ones it considers romantic heroes, while moving from one depressingly puerile set piece to the next in halting, anti-climactic fashion. Serving as a kind of Greek chorus for this bottom feeding is no less than a dozen snarky actors most frequently employed as television commercial pitchmen, whose grating attempts to hoard the spotlight should -- but don't -- cancel each other out. Rarely, also, has a movie so awkwardly crammed its setting into each shot; if Hartnett and Shannyn Sossamon need to get into an argument, odds are the Golden Gate Bridge will be looming somewhere in the background. Catholics may be offended that this film thinks so little of their hallowed tradition of self-denial, but how little it respects the good name of sex should shock just about everyone else.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
The way Matt's fate plays out is consistently engaging, at once clever and insightful.

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Miramax Lionsgate
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hartnett Matt Sullivan
Shannyn Sossamon Erica
Paulo Costanzo Ryan
Monet Mazur Candy
Vinessa Shaw Nicole
Maggie Gyllenhaal Samantha
Michelle Harrison Maureen
Dylan Neal David
Adam Trese John Sullivan
Emmanuelle Vaugier Susie
Michael Macabebe Bagel Guy
Glenn Fitzgerald Chris
Mary Gross Mom
Stanley Anderson Father Maher
Barry Newman Dad
Griffin Dunne Jerry
Susan Bain Ms. Willow
Terry Chen Neil
Jarrad Paul Duncan
Lina Teal Girl in bed
Aaron Trainor Waiter
Stefanie von Pfetten Girl in Chinatown
Keegan Connor Tracy Mandy
Lorin Heath Diana
Christine Chatelain Andie
Kai Lennox Nick
Christopher Gauthier Mikey
Alan Draven Computer Nerd
Rueben Grundy Computer Nerd #2
Jason Low Merj
Tracy Kyser Business Woman
Nicole Wilder Anastasia
Chiara Zanni Nun
Michael C. Maronna Bagel Boy

Technical Credits
Michael Lehmann Director
Lesley Beale Set Decoration/Design
Stuart M. Besser Co-producer
Tim Bevan Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Duane Dickinson Stunts
Eric Fellner Producer
Walter Gasparovic Art Director,Asst. Director
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Halton Set Decoration/Design
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Yvonne J. Hurst Art Director
David Husby Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Kelly Production Manager
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Michael London Producer
Chris McMullin Camera Operator
Joseph Middleton Casting
Nancy Noblett Asst. Director
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Perez Screenwriter
L. Taylor Roberts Makeup
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Heath Stevenson Stunts
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Deleting Nicole
2. "Action-Packed With Issues"
3. A Painful Day at the Office
4. Going the Distance
5. "Almost Chatting"
6. Seductive Layouts
7. "Officially Erica"
8. On the Bus
9. The Vow Backfires
10. Trouble With the Truth
11. Retaining the Power
12. Hips and Beans
13. "Fire in the Hole"
14. Bending the Rules
15. "Slam the Door!"
16. Seeing and Slipping
17. On the Fortieth Day...
18. "What Else Do You Want?"
19. End Credits


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40 Days and 40 Nights 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only laughed 2 or 3 times at best, very slow movie .
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movies was so funny my friends and I laughed through the whole thing..we love josh but the movie was hilarious...it was a great script...I anticipate sept 17 to buy it...I would recomend it to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed that Josh Hartnett would take a role such as this one, after so many other wonderful performances (ie Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor). This movie is basically soft porn, and I almost walked out of the movie theater because of the pointlessness of the plot, and crude sexual scenes. If there are any guys in the world that actually have lives LIKE the main character in the movie, they must lead sad sad lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Harrnet is a cool guy So for lent he'll go 40 days and 40 nights without sex or forplay and most of all no masterbation He meets a girl Erika and he and her fall in love His ex girlfriend Nicole broke up with him So Its about a guy giving up sex
Guest More than 1 year ago
the guy who wrote that (above me) is in denial. i'm sorry, but sex is NORMAL! get over it. we're humans, ok? i liked this movie because it wasn't afraid to be hon
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this movie is the best comedy ive seen all year. josh hartnett is the hottest guy and he deserves to play this character. a lot of guys like that are out there in this world and he brings it into the open. it has very funny sexual humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really saw a movie like this and I liked this movie.I loved seeing Josh Hartnett being all jittery and falling apart-I always seeing him all serious in his movies,except for The Virgin Suicides,and in one scene in Pearl Harbor.Cool movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so cleverly written and played out.. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought that this was a great movie. anything with josh hartnett is good. his character is hilarious. this is the best movie. everyone needs to see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that anything with Josh Hartnett is a good movie! I have a certain respect for him.The movie wasn't bad, it was actualy funny, so go see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, you guys have seen the Pearl Harbor's and the Black Hawk Down's, but you really haven't seen a film like this. Well, maybe you have. Anyway, this movie is quite witty and hilarious. One thing that wasn't a plus were the few crude nude scenes, but I believe the sheer passion of the film drags the upsets out of the water. Shannon Sossamon is great and sexy and Josh Hartnett is on top and performs well, too. This is probably my favorite romantic comedy of 2002.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont just love this movie because the hottest guy on earth stars in it but because it is truthfully funny and amusing.Every movie I have seen Josh Hatnett in are all good. He plays different types of roles and does an extraordinary job. This is definitely one of his best works as well as in Pearl Habor, Black Hawk Down, and The Faculty.
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