40 Days and 40 Nights

  • 15
  • Michael Lehmann (2002)
  • US / Fr / UK / Can
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Josh Hartnett casts himself into the sexual wilderness in this comedy about celibacy that is less crude than most teen-orientated offerings, and is even rather cute. Hartnett plays the recently dumped Matt, whose large number of one-night stands have left him depressed and doubting the existence of his soul. To rectify his shallowness, he swears off sex for Lent - the full 40 days and 40 nights - but the very next day meets the woman of his dreams. His only remaining option is to woo her the old-fashioned way, while his co-workers do their best to put temptation in his path. Although Matt's repeated exposure to inviting situations is an excuse to work through the gamut of male fantasies, these scenes are handled with humour and charm, while Hartnett proves to be an appealing comic lead.

Plot Summary

Breezy romantic comedy starring Josh Hartnett as Matt Sullivan, a young man who decides to give up the pleasures of the flesh for Lent after being dumped by his girlfriend. But Matt's resolve is put to the test when he meets the beautiful Erica.

Cast and crew

Cast

Matt Sullivan
Josh Hartnett
Erica Sutton
Shannyn Sossamon
Nicole
Vinessa Shaw
Ryan
Paulo Costanzo
Sam
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Bagel guy
Michael Maronna
Chris
Glenn Fitzgerald
Mom
Mary Gross
Jerry
Griffin Dunne
John Sullivan
Adam Trese
Dad
Barry Newman

Crew

Director
Michael Lehmann

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 31 May 2002
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama