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FILM ONLY REVIEW
Matt Sullivan is a red blooded male and is struggling to get over his ex-girlfriend Nicole. It has been 6months and he finds that he cannot have sex with another woman without th8inking about Nicole ad running out on them. He goes to ask for help from his brother the Priest but once at the church he has a life changing moment. Matt decides that he is going to give up sex and everything related to it up for lent, that being 40 days and 40 nights.
When his work colleagues find out about this this start a betting website as they don't think he will be able to last the distance. Matt finds it hard at first but soon gets into his stride and excels at work. Unfortunately for Matt he meets a wonderful girl at the launderette called Erica and he falls for her. He is not able to even kiss her and this soon puts a strain on their friendship and makes sure a relationship does not start.
Will Matt be able to keep Erica interested for the duration of Lent and will he tell her why he cannot get close and mostly will he last the distance without sex?
I didn't really have any idea what this film was about but as it was on the comedy channel on sky I decided to record it and give it a try. I have to say overall it was a good film but very predictable. The storyline was good if taken in the comedy manner in which it was intended, I did find some of the things which happened were slightly over the top and not very believable but I gave in and just took the film for the light hearted comedy it was and did enjoy it. I found I enjoyed it more than hubby as he was not happy with the way men were shown as thinking about sex all the time!
The acting was good and the role of Matt Sullivan was played by Josh Harnett. He came across as a sincere man who had problems and wanted to deal with them. I was not overly keen on him at the start of the film as he was a womaniser but he did change as the film moved on and I got to like him a lot more. We did get to see a more sensitive and emotional man towards the second half of the film and this is the better side of the character which I enjoyed. He worked well with the character of Erica and I loved seeing how their friendship blossomed and grew. There seemed to be a good genuine chemistry between both actors as none of their close scenes looked forced. Erica was played by Shannyn Sossamon and she too gave a lovely performance. I liked how she was so different from the other women in the film and she did come across as more normal.
We had a lot of good support actors in the film and the few which stood out for me were that of house mate Ryan, played by Paulo Costanzo, he was funny and bought a lot of the humour to the storyline. The bagel man was also a good introduction to the cast even though he was not featured much as he was strange yet funny, he was played by Michael C Maronna. Other actors included, Lorin Heath, Adam Trese and Vinessa Shaw.
The film was set in America and the sets and scenery was all very good. The costumes were nothing special and just everyday clothes so no real effort was needed for these. The few effects which we had were good and fitted well into the film. One thing I enjoyed about this film was the modern soundtrack. It had a good up beat feel and fitted well with this modern story and film.
The film is a comedy and I did find some parts very funny and laughed out loud a few times but overall would have liked slightly more as some of the funny bits just turned out to be daft and a bit over the top. We got a lot of spoken gags but the majority of them were visual ones which were acted well.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to mention. The running time of the film is 96 minutes and I did find this was quite long enough as the story was very predictable from the middle right to the very end. The certificate is a 15 and I do agree with this due to the subject matter and some of the more explicit scenes we get to see. The film can be bought on DVD for around the £5 mark. Despite enjoying this film I would say save your money and try to rent or catch this on Sky Movies for free.
Overall despite some very good bits and an overall good story I can only give this film 4 stars. Some parts were quite far fetched and overly acted and unrealistic. I think this film needs to be watched with an open mind and you need to be in the mood for a laugh and then you will get the full benefit of the film.
Josh Harnett is Matt and he has just been dumped by the girl he thought he would be spending the rest of his life with.
To get over this heartbreaking situation, he thought lots of sex would be the answer, but as things didn't change, he has decided to go the opposite way and give up sex, but not just sex, everything pleasurable associated with it, and he is going to do it for 40 days and nights.
At first things are fine, but as time goes on, natural desire and the need to fulfill inner desires begin to show to all around, causing for anyone who knows Matt to start a betting ring on when he will break. As things become even harder, they just get worse and worse as Matt meets a girl that he really falls for, but desperate to stick to his task he must gradually allow himself to fall in love but without ever getting too close or what he wants to prove to himself will be lost.
This has to be one of the funniest films I have ever seen. Obviously based on everything to do with sex and desire and trying to control those desires, this was always going to a funny outing, but what they have produced was really funny. Josh Hartnett was fantastic in his role. His expressions, his mannerisms, they were perfect for what he was trying to portray, a man desperate to give into natural desire.
The actual idea of the film was a bit bonkers, making little sense when you really think about it, especially when Matt finds a person he really falls for, but saying that, it does go to show how giving up something and sticking to it can make a person stronger at the end of it, maybe!
I liked how everyone in the film was portrayed as no wanting to help him but in actual fact constantly trying to tempt him so to win the bet, as this is comething I think we would all do if we knew someone trying the same thing.
As comedies go, this was up there with the best of this day and age. I would recommend you give it a watch if you've never had the chance.
I picked this up for £2.99 for Amazon and it runs for a funny 1 hour and 31 mins. It is rated 15 and does not have many special features really worth mentioning.
40 days and 40 days is a comedy film starring Josh Hartnett, the film was released in 2002 and runs for around and hour and thirty minutes.
The story of the film is about a man called Matt (Hartnett), he has split up from his long term girlfriend and is devastated. Matt then turns to sex with several strangers to try and cover up the hurt, however soon realises that he needs more. Matt then makes a pledge to go for 40 days and 40 nights without sex, however along the way meets the girl of his dreams which causes him a new problem...whether he can hold on or she can hold out.
Matt's friends and colleagues don't believe that he can keep to his pledge and soon run a book on how long he will last, there are also some very funny parts of the film where Matt's female collegues try to tempt him into winning them the bet.
The film is funny and has a nice story with Matt's blossoming relationship too, it's not laugh a minute but makes for a decent watch. The film is also a good watch for a couple having a night in together.
I would rate the film 3/5 as it is ok but not the best I have ever seen. I wouldn't recommend buying it either as it is shown on the TV every now and again.
40 days and 40 nights
Running time: 96 minutes
Director: Michael Lehmann
Country: United States
Josh Hartnett as Matt Sullivan
Shannyn Sossamon as Erica Sutton
Vinessa Shaw as Nicole
Paulo Costanzo as Ryan
The movie is about a man named Matt, who cant get over his ex-girlfriend Nicole. Even after 6 months after she broke off, he can't get another relationship because of his obsession about her. He's dating other women, but because of this obsession, he's not only having mental problem but also sexual problems. He tells his brother John, who's in training to become a priest, about his problem, and decides to go 40 days and nights without having sex with other women. Matt shares this new plan with his friend Ryan, who he shares a apartment with, only Ryan also works at his company! Of course everybody at his work knows the next day and are betting how long it he can last. The first 6 days are without any problem, but then Matt meets a girl, named Erica, while doing the laundry and falls in love with her. They makes plans to see each other again, but can Matt keep up to his own rules and not have sex with her?
The story sounded funny to me, only unfortunately the acting are a little disappointing. Especially Josh Hartnett, maybe he fits perfects in as the attractive men in his 20ties, but most of the time he's just stiff, and without any real passion. That passion only comes to the screen when he's with Shannyn Sossamon. Together they are good on the screen. Shannyn is good as Erica and believable in her acting, she has a good timing. Also Paulo is nice to watch at.
There are a few extra's on the dvd like audio commentary from the director, producer and writer who discuss several aspects of the movie. I didn't really enjoy this commentary; it was somewhat informative, but nothing special. Another extra is the original trailer of the movie.
I enjoyed the movie enough for a night of watching comfortable a movie, but he could have been much better. The comedy turns quickly into a romantic movie when Matt meets Erica and its obvious when you see these people together that they will hit it off. Some parts of the movie where quiet funny, but I didn't fall of the couch laughing. Unfortunately I didn't like the acting of Josh Hartnett and that isn't helping the movie. The movie is nice enough to watch, but not really to buy, better rent it!
40 days and 40 nights is a comedy film that was released in 2002. The film is rated 15 due to the plot being of a sexual nature, mild nudity and some bad language and it is 96 minutes long.
Matt Sullivan is going through a pretty harsh break up from his ex girlfriend, Nicole. No matter what he does, he cannot seem to get over her no matter what he does. Matt tries to sleep with as many girls as possible to get over Nicole but it still isn't working and it's causing him more and more problems all of the time. He decides that he must do something drastic and crazy. Matt is going to go for 40 days and 40 nights without any kind of sexual contact whatsoever, not even kissing.
Just as Matt is beginning his quest, he meets the girl of his dreams but he knows he can't tell her about the no sex rule or she will probably run a mile. As his relationship with Erica grows stronger, he has trouble explaining his quest without sounding crazy. At the same time, Matt's 'friends' at work all have a bet going on how long he will last and what day he will finally break down. All the pressure and teasing is getting to Matt and when Nicole steps back into his life, things are going to get even harder.
Josh Hartnett as Matt Sullivan
Shannyn Sossamon as Erica Sutton
Vinessa Shaw as Nicole
Paulo Costanzo as Ryan
Adam Trese as John Sullivan
Griffin Dunne as Jerry Anderson
Emmanuelle Vaugier as Susie
Monet Mazur as Candy
Keegan Connor Tracy as Mandy
Christine Chatelain as Andie
Stanley Anderson as Father Maher
Lorin Heath as Diana
Glenn Fitzgerald as Chris
Commentary with the director, producer and screenwriter
I really loved this film the first couple of times that I watched it but as the years have gone by, I find myself not liking it as much each time that I see it. 40 days and 40 nights was released at a time when teen films were very popular in the market and now with a new love for fantasy films going around, this one is quickly proving that it cannot stand the test of time.
I really loved Josh Hartnett at the time but this is the only one of his films that has been a big let down for me. Compared with his performance in other films like 30 Days of Night and The Faculty, he came across as quite bland and flat. The only times where I thought he was convincing was when he seemed to be in a great deal of pain and maybe that was more because I thought it was funny to see a man suffering. Of course, he was a good choice for the role if only looks were being taken into consideration but other than that, I was left very disappointed.
Shannyn Sossamon plays Erica, the love interest and the acting didn't get much better with her either. While she was quite convincing during her scenes with Hartnett, I easily forgot any of the scenes that she had without him. She is very beautiful and quirky and I really enjoyed her character but on her own, she wouldn't have been very memorable at all. I have watched this film quite a lot now and I'm still not sure if I actually like her or not. The only other film that I have seen her in was A Knight's Tale but I can't really remember anything about her then either.
Much like American Pie, this is a film where the story is only a backdrop for the opportunity to put in as many sex jokes as possible. I thought the idea was quite good to begin with and I was looking forward to seeing how Matt would cope but really, is 40 days that long? I know I could do that no problem. The story would have been nothing at all if it hadn't been for the secondary characters. Matt's co-workers are all taking bets on how he will do and they, especially the girls, try to tempt him at every possible minute in order to win the money. If it weren't for these characters, I would have hated the film the first time around because it just wouldn't have been funny enough.
This was a really funny film a couple of years ago but now it is seriously lacking. Watch this if it's on TV but I wouldn't waste my money to buy it on DVD anymore. There are many better comedies around.
Aimed at adolescent and slightly above audiences, this is a comedy tale of how a young single guy goes without sex and everything related for the 40 days of lent.
This is a very entertaining movie with a few acceptable moral ideas thrown in for good measure.
Like a lot of things in life it's a bad break up that sparks this rather bizarre journey. Matt (Josh Hartnett) is our hero in this tale and as you can imagine things are not smooth sailing as he falls for Erica (Shannyn Sossamon).
Like all heroes they need a sarcastic sidekick who makes unhelpful remarks and this role is filled by Ryan (Paulo Costanzo), Matt's roommate.
If that wasn't enough Ryan and Matt's co-workers are also betting on when Matt will finally cave in and also try some underhand tricks to make him snap.
Josh Hartnett does the comedy role well and he has a naturally ability for it also. His approach to comedy is very refreshing and a pleasure to watch. Not sure on Shannyn Sossamon though. I just really don't rate her as an actress. Think her character was very fickle breaking up and getting back together over little things which just made her character less endearing.
Very amusing and you will enjoy this if you liked things like America Pie. Not the funniest comedy out there but if you haven't seen it, give it a go.
Erica: If I told you, "Don't think about the color red", what would you think about?
Thank you for reading.
Matt (Josh Hartnett) has been dumped by Nicole (Vinessa Shaw) and finds that she has managed to move on without any problems and is now engaged to someone else while Matt still obsesses about getting her back despite numerous offers being there thanks to his good looks and charms. Matt takes the decision that he needs some perspective in his life and so vows a 40 days and 40 nights celebacy (including kissing) but when the girl of his dreams enters his life and they fall in love Matt decides he can't tell her anything of the celebacy and must just get through it on his own but can he really make it to his goal?
This was a film I had really high hopes for when I put the dvd in the player but within about a half hour I realised it was not going to deliver the kind of laughs I had hoped. The acting in the movie is fine and the basic story line is ok but the laughs just don't flow like they should and so you are left with a film that doesn't quite feel like a comedy but seems to edge towards being a romantic story more than it needs to.
This is a comedy that relies heavily on sex scenes and sexual gags however the one thing it crucially fails to do is to be funny, I managed to sit through the entire film, an act I now regret and question why I bothered, withoutlaughing or even smiling once.
The film stars Josh Hartnett as Matt a young man whose life revolves around a series of emotionless one night stands after his long term girlfriend dumps him and leaves him in deep depression and sufferring a recurring nightmare and hallucinations that appear in his waking hours as well. His brother is a trianee priest and in the confession booth Matt decides to give up all forms of sex for lent, hence the title of the film.
Despite the negative comments of his friends and work colleagues however part way through he meets and falls for Erica (Shannyn Sossamon) however at first he does not share with her his pledge.
This film is truly dire and toatlly lacking in any comedy, apart from Shannyn the performances are really bad throughout, Hartnett looks totally out of his depth and is not convincing at all in the role, the whole plot is paper thin and the surrounding characters are one dimensional and totally lack impact.
Horny thirteen year old males may get off on the nudity and scantily clad women but this film could not end soon enough for me and it left me wondering why I had stuck with it in the first place.
40 Days and 40 Nights is a typical American romantic comedy directed by Michael Lehmann and released in 2002. The main character Matt in the film is played by the familiar face of Josh Hartnett.
Matt is a website designer who lives in San Francisco. Since being dumped by his ex he has been living the life of a true bachelor and has turned in to a real womaniser. His dependence on the female of the species begins to catch up with him and it all becomes a bit too much for him so he decides to take a vow of celibacy.
Matt vows to give up any kind of sexual encounter for lent meaning a total absence of forty days and Forty nights. His vow includes no kissing or masturbation of any kind so he removes all the porn from his room to resist any kind of temptation and decides to take up model building in order to occupy his mind!
Matt shares his flat with his single male friend who thinks his vow is a joke and there is no way he will go the distance. His friend starts to spread the word about Matts vow and soon there is a huge sweepstake going with his friends and work colleagues making bets on how long he can last. Poor Matt has to stay strong at work as many of his attractive female colleagues try and break his vow by flirting with him and teasing him.
During Matts lent period he meets the girl of his dreams Erica in a local launderette. At the start she doesn't know of Matts vow and is confused that he doesn't even want to kiss her! Will Matt manage to last or will he break his vow?
In my experience of American romcoms they have always been a bit predictable and this film is one of them! The comedy is of a similar style to that of the American Pie films so expect it is quite smutty and sleazy! The film is all about sex so if you are easily offended by constant remarks about masturbation and pornography then avoid this film! It is done in a light hearted manner and most of it is quite amusing but the humour is more suitable to the younger age groups I think.
The film does manage to be quite serious in places despite the constant sexual remarks throughout the film. The relationship that builds between Matt and Erica is quite beautiful thing and it does make you realise that the best relationships are based on a mental basis more than a physical one. The mind is a very powerful thing and this is portrayed quiet well in Matt and Ericas sexless relationship.
This is a very light hearted film really and I found it quite enjoyable to watch. The acting is certainly good enough for the film but don't expect and oscar winning performances here!
The film is quite predictable but that's not really a bad thing in a film like this. The plot is very simple and easy to follow so you would not expect any major twists and turns to spoil this. Overall I would recommend this film but don't expect to be blown away by brilliant acting or storylines!
40 Days & 40 Nights is a comedy starring the gorgeous Josh Hartnett (always a bonus) & he considers himself to be a sex addict. After he splits from his girlfriend Nicole, he begins sleeping with as many people as possible, just sex no strings attached. He then realises that his behaviour isn't healthy & decides to give up sex for lent. That's 40 days & 40 nights with nothing, no touching or anything. Coincidently, a few days after taking his vow of celibacy he meets Erica (Sharon Sossamon) they are instantly attracted to each other & they end up going out on a date. They quickly fall for each & desperately want to have sex there's only one problem... he's sworn off sex for lent & his friends have even placed bets on him that he wont do it so he wants to prove them wrong.
Word starts to get around about Matt's challenge & to make things difficult for him his friends arrange tests for him like getting gorgeous women to flirt with him, he resists up how long can he keep it up for... no pun intended!
40 Days & 40 Nights is an average run of the mill comedy, there's nothing special or outstanding about it however it is an entertaining film & will keep you watching through to the end even if you are willing it to end! It has some funny moments & there's great chemistry between Josh Hartnett & Sharon Sossamon) but there's nothing really special about this comedy. It's definitely not one of Hartnett's best films & definitely isn't for the easily offended but I would recommend this film only to Josh Hartnett fans or indeed anybody that likes run of the mill comedies.
There's a few bonus features on the DVD including feature comedy with the director, (Michael Lehmann) the producer (Michael London) & Screenwriter (Rob Perez). Also the theatrical trailer.
How does going without sex for 40 days and 40 nights sound? To many, it may not make much of a difference, but for Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett), it's one of the hardest things he's ever had to do. Following a messy breakup, he vows to stay celibate during Lent, leaving him wide open to his friends and work colleagues in terms of bets on how long he'll last. However, Matt didn't plan on meeting the girl of dreams in Erica (Shannyn Sossamon), but instead of telling her the truth, he tries to worm around it, with hilarious consequences.
If you are looking for a brilliant cinematic masterpiece, then you're looking in the wrong place, but if you want a good sex comedy that is very well written and performed, with a lot of tongue in cheek and fun, then you're spot on the money. The cast do a great job of showing us how much fun it can be making a film like this, and Hartnett himself gives a funny performance. Men will feel for him, I know I did. The agony on his face throughout the film shows good character acting.
The sexual nature of the film is tongue in cheek and is like an 'in' joke, and the misadventures Matt comes across are a comedy of sexual errors. The sexual content is quite strong at times, and those not a fan of excessive innuendo aren't going to like this film. Adding to the comedy is that the guy giving him sexual advice is his priest brother, and you have yourself the prime elements of comedy. But the funniest part is the lengths that everyone around him will go to to win the bet on when he will cave, with some of them trying anything (and I mean anything!) to break him.
The romance element with Sossamon takes a bit of a backseat at times to the comedy, but it's important to not forget that the problem is that he makes this 40 day vow and then immediately meets her, and it is through his own stupidity that he doesn't tell her straight away and cause problems later on.
Overall the film is excellently acted and directed. It's nothing majorly special, but an excellent romp. The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.98, and is worth a watch for a good laugh.
This film in some ways is a great film, as it shows a typical male struggle to go without sex for a while, but in other ways it is rubbish. I believe its one of the poorest fims that Josh Hartnett has ever done, and he has done some great films such as, Pearl Harbour and The faculty. Now im not saying its so poor i would never watch it again, but by Josh's usual standards it is.
The basic storyline is this. Matt (Josh Hartnett) recently splits up with his girlfriend and can't seem to get over her. So he hitches up a plan that he has to go without any sexual feelings or contact for 40 days and nights (hence the title). Matt's flat-mate catchs onto the pan and makes people bet on Matt behind his back, as to how long he can go. Things are going well until, he meets somebody and all the sexual urges just get stronger and stronger. Can he hold onto his determination or is he just going to let it slip.
Must admit it has some great lines in it and some great funny jibes.
What a great film!!!
I love this film, as i normally like any film with Josh Hartnett in. The film itself is based in America, and when Matt Sullivan (i recently dumped young man) gets promiscous after his heartbreak finally realises that sleeping around is not the answer and decides to give up sex and anything sexual for 40 days and 40 nights... Does he do it?...well you will have to watch to find out.
The film is light hearted, fun and is a great movie to watch with your friends with a takeaway and a few drinks.
The film was produced by the producers of Bridget Jones Diary (an equally good film).
40 days and 40 nights is rated 15, and containts some strong language, somestrong references to sex and nudity and mild drug references however there is no violence. It lasts for around 1 and a half hours.
The filmwas released in 2001, and can be bought on Amazon.co.uk for a few pounds.
The film was described by Heat magazine as being "naughty, sexy and funny" and as being "loaded with laught-out-loud gags that will have you crying with laughter" by the news of the world
Overall a great film, a definate must see!!
Everyone knows the story of this to a certain extent, we have all been there, and some even call it marriage.
No sex for 40 days and nights.
No pornography, no masturbation, no foreplay, no kissing.
Impossible? Maybe. For lent? Perhaps just doable. But for a man, when he falls for the girl of his dreams? Surely no one could.
Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) has been off the rails since breaking up with his girlfriend six months ago. Sleeping around with a different girl nearly every night. Never the same way twice. And in some outrageously unlikely situations.
He decides there is only one way to get over her. Giving up sex for Lent. And after speaking to his brother, who is in the Priesthood, ups the ante to giving up everything sexual.
To make things worse, his colleagues place bets on when he will cave in. Oh, and advertising it on a porn site, with online betting just makes things even worse for Matt, especially when he finds out.
But is it normal to do something like this to yourself?
"It goes against nature!..You're gonna piss off the seeds man!... Do you want to be the guy who goes against science?"
His room mate, Ryan, played by Paulo Costanzo, clearly doesn't think so. Nor does he believe Matt has any chance of carrying it through.
"you can't even finish a sandwich, Matt..."
With the bets on, and a lot of people interested in the outcome of this challenge, the temptation starts to come to the fore. How could anyone resist many women trying to seduce you? Teaming up against you? Photocopying certain body parts? Short skirts and low cut tops? No clothes at all? And to many women, a man who is refusing sex can become a challenge they cannot resist, I would have thought.
There is a hilarious scene in which a drink is spiked with a certain pill that would make any man need to relieve the pressure in his pants.
Soon after this Matt runs to the toilet to give himself a break, and ease the tension... But will he carry it through?
When you fall in love with someone who finds out about your abstinence, and freaks out, thinking you have been messing with them, and leading them on, there are bound to be some teste (sorry, testy) moments.
Could you cope? Could any man cope with this?
I'm currently trying, and have been struggling after only two days. Maybe I'm just weak, but still really want to last until easter.
God help me!
So while I may need a lot of cold showers over the coming days and weeks, the character in this movie just goes cold turkey, and tries to avoid temptation as much as possible.
Not much in the way of additional material on the disk, so for your money you don't really get much compared to other similar titles. There are no alternate endings, or deleted scenes, but a full length director's commentary, with a dialogue between the director and Hartnett, is a welcome extra.
Also the cinema trailer is included, but this only last around two minutes. And there is no doubt more than one trailer out there.
Would have been nice to have had actor interviews, and behind the scenes footage, but alas, no such content is available.
Romantic, funny, silly, clever, full of symbolism and metaphors. I liked this title a lot. It has everything American Pie ,et al, did not.
From the producers of Bridget Jones, with insight into the world of the sexually frustrated young, this is aimed at anyone who ever tried to give up what they can't go without.
Although controversial in the inclusion of Catholisism as one of the reasons behind the abstinence, and therefore giving up what is already a sin, it delivers all the expected content of a film of this genre. Plus plenty of little surprises and background humour.
Being set in L.A and with some scenes filmed in Vancouver, there is a diversity about the settings, without actually giving away the locale of each scene.
The director, Michael Lehmann, producer, Michael London, and scriptwriter Rob Perez, combine fluently to make the story flow, and some of the editing and camera angles is original and very smooth. Although the standard and expected teen rom-com feel about it is still evident in bits, but without detracting too much from the film's overall quality.
To me, this film is best enjoyed with a group of friends, and plenty of snacks, or for a quiet night in with a partner. Both comedy and romance are knit together well enough to be interesting and entertaining in either setting.
But personally, the story did drag on a bit at points, and this does take something away from the experience. But there is always the skip forward button on the dvd remote...
So overall, a decent film, with an interesting take on a common theme. But not one to rush to the shops for perhaps.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY.
This film is on sale in Tesco at the moment for around four pounds, and they have a fairly high level of stock in most larger stores.
Online, you can of course find it all over the place.
Ebay has it new and second hand from a penny! And amazon has it on DVD from £1.35 second hand, or from a penny on VHS.
So, if you read this far, you just went ten minutes without sex, only another fifty-seven thousand, five hundred and ninety to go.
Poor Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett), having been dumped by his beautiful ex some 6 months ago, he is still struggling to get over her. Not that he suffers from lack of opportunity, as Matts good looks and boyish charm makes him a hit with the ladies, its just that every time his date moves into the bedroom, he becomes a flop. In an attempt to rectify his problem, he decides that he will give up all forms of sex and self gratification for 40 days. But when his room mate learns of his self enforced abstinence, things take a turn for the worse as he becomes the focus of everyones attention as they start to gamble on when he will crumble and give in to temptation. Things are made even worse when Matt meets the beautiful Erica (Shannyn Sossamon) and as their friendship grows he struggles to explain to her about his self inflicted celibacy without sounding like a religious nut or a sex addict.
When I first experienced "40 Days and 40 Nights" on the big screen back in 2002, I absolutely loved it and thought it was hilarious. Maybe this was due to the then cinematic trend for juvenile, teen sex comedies such as "American Pie" or maybe it was because I was just very juvenile. But over the subsequent years my enjoyment of "40 Days and 40 Nights" has certainly waned as either I have outgrown these sorts of movies or that "40 Days and 40 Nights" although still quite fun is in fact a limp, one joke movie which is very repetitive. Somehow I think it maybe the latter as when I look at my DVD collection I realise that I have an inordinate amount of juvenile movies.
As I have come to expect with most modern comedies, the storyline takes a huge backseat as the film tries to please the audience with humour. This is all fine and well when the humour is varied and of a decent standard, but in the case of "40 Days and 40 Nights" it is a one gag film with just a smattering of story.
The main idea behind "40 Days and 40 Nights" is the premise of someone giving up all forms of sex for 40 days, not so unbelievable until you put into the situation of the film where the person giving up the sex is a good looking twenty something man who has an eye for the ladies, at which point the idea becomes a little far fetched. Fortunately "40 Days and 40 Nights" has a couple of supporting storylines which although enormously underused add a little depth to the movie. The most important of these is the blossoming relationship between Matt and Erica which starts off being highly entertaining and imaginative as they explore a relationship which is not all about the physical attraction. Sadly the film makers must have got the wobbles as this element became a bystander to the juvenile humour. Also adding to the storyline is Matts brother who is a trainee priest but who also seems to be struggling with abstaining from sex, especially as Matt constantly confesses his sexual problems to him. Again this is hugely under worked but is a fun sideline to the main story.
Where "40 Days and 40 Nights" really falters, is on the comedy front as this really is a one gag movie revolving around sex. Although the humour starts off well, and for the first 20 minutes or so is genuinely amusing, by the umpteenth time we watch Matt struggle to resist the temptations of his sexy office workers it becomes pretty boring. So much so that at times the film makers have resorted in abandoning the humour and relying on the raw effectiveness of tits and ass to titillate the audience. This is definitely a film geared towards a teen audience and in being so looses a lot of appeal to an older audience. In some ways this could be compared to "The 40 Year Old Virgin", but a much watered down, junior version.
The problems do not stop at the humour as the characters and cast bring a whole new set of problems. The most annoying of these comes in the form of Josh Hartnett as the lead, he may fit the character of a good looking twenty something perfectly but his performance comes over as distinctly stiff and wooden. For the majority of the movie he looks ill at ease with the script, it is only when he is sharing screen time with co-star Shannyn Sossamon that his performance actually picks up. In fact Shannyn Sossamons performance is one of the few positive things which can be drawn from this movie, as not only does her beauty light up the screen but her characterisation and delivery of dialogue is head and shoulders above everyone elses. Somehow finding a middle ground is Paulo Costanzo as Matts room mate. Although his performance is far from wooden, his character is rather 2 dimensional and in beings so is quite boring. The same can be said for the rest of the characters as not a single one has any life to them.
Whether "40 Days and 40 Nights" was originally planned as a teen sex comedy I am not sure of, but director Michael Lehmann has definitely turned it into one. Not only has he filled it with good looking young stars and sexual humour but he has also given it a snappy modern soundtrack which keeps it moving along at a reasonable pace.
>>>> DVD Package
> Special Features
Audio Commentary The commentary comes from director Michael Lehmann, producer Michael London and screenwriter Rob Perez where they attempt to discuss certain aspects of the movie. Although at times it is slightly informative as they high light some of the issues with how far to push the sexual humour, for the most it is rather disjointed and rather rambley.
Trailer The original cinematic trailer for the films release, which although in my opinion a bit pointless, for once is a good representation of what the film is rather than just showing all the best bits.
> Picture Quality
In general the picture quality is of a reasonable standard with warm vibrant colours. The only real issues appear on scenes which have been filmed under soft lighting, where the colours appear to bleed into each other and there is a general fuzziness about them. Not that this really detracts from the overall enjoyment of watching "40 Days and 40 Nights".
> Sound Quality
Again there seems to be a few issues with the sound quality for "40 Days and 40 Nights". Although the musical soundtrack comes across as clear and lively, the actual dialogue seems rather dull, with very little use of all the sound channels available.
It is strange how just a few years ago I thought "40 Days and 40 Nights" was a great comedy, as watching it now it definitely does not live up to my memories. Yes it is still an enjoyable, fun film but sadly lacks the style and more importantly the humour of other comedies, most notably "The 40 Year Old Virgin". I am sure it will never be termed a great film, but it is one which will almost certainly be popular with a teen audience who enjoy the rawness of the sexual humour and the modern soundtrack. Plus with several scenes featuring many semi naked young ladies it is a film which will give many teenage boys hours of viewing pleasure.
The DVD package is very sparse with just an audio commentary and theatrical trailer, both of which are not much more than an after thought. But with a film which is geared towards a teen audience where many never care for the bonus footage on a DVD I suppose this is what you should expect.
>>>> Price & Availability
But I picked up my copy in Tescos for under £2.
>>>> Technical Details
Duration: 91 mins
Year of Release: 2002
Genre: Comedy, Romance
DVD Release: 2006
Subtitles: English, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, Arabic
Audio: English, Hungarian
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Director(s): Michael Lehmann
Writer(s): Rob Perez
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo, Adam Trese, Aaron Trainor, Glenn Fitzgerald, Michael C. Maronna, Vinessa Shaw
© Christianfilm January 2007
Some movies are so stupid that they are depressing to watch: 40 Days and 40 Nights is one of them. Almost nothing here even remotely resembles genuine human behaviour. Matt (Josh Hartnett) is brutally dumped by his knockout ex-girlfriend, and as a result 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 scepticism is fuelled when Matt meets Erica (Shannyn Sossamon) at a laundrette. 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 a religious educational video, however, the barrage of sex gags and frequent nudity will quickly dispel this notion. --Bret Fetzer