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Awesome: 14.29%
Worth A Look: 20%
Average: 22.86%
Pretty Bad: 18.1%
Total Crap24.76%

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40 Days and 40 Nights
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by Scott Weinberg

"A chick flick with lots of female nudity...Genius!"
3 stars

Slight and silly but twice as entertaining as it should be, Michael Lehmann’s 40 Days and 40 Nights is an innocuous little sex comedy that manages to ingratiate itself just enough to allow moviegoers to look past the more pedantic moments and some painfully contrived plot devices. Although the third act rapidly devolves into a pointless mess, 40 Days and 40 Nights offers a few winning performances and a handful of truly funny moments. Simply put – If it’s your wife/girlfriend’s turn to pick the weekend movie, you could do a hell of a lot worse than agree to see this one.

The admittedly low-concept plot can be wrapped up in one rather small sentence: A sensitive ladies’ man vows to go without any form of sexual gratification for 40 full days. How the common man is meant to sympathize with a guy who whines about bedding TOO MANY gorgeous women is beyond my comprehension, but director Michael Lehmann (director of the classic Heathers and the not-so-classic Hudson Hawk) somehow manages to make the situation work – to a point. Before the screenplay devolves into a tired series of silly ‘erection’ gags and mindless plot machinations, 40 Days and 40 Nights is actually a fun little movie.

Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) is a good-natured young guy who works for a web design company and is still yearning for the ex-girlfriend who broke his heart. Matt finds comfort in the arms of various young ladies, all of whom seemingly have sex with him immediately. Not content with his ongoing series of sexual dalliances, Matt is inspired to give up sex for Lent. No kissing, no rubbing, no personal gratification. Matt’s best friend Ryan (Paulo Costanzo) is eternally skeptical, and is sure that it’s only a matter of days before Matt has bedded a new conquest.

In typical Hollywood form, Matt of course meets the girl of his dreams immediately after swearing off sex. Although Matt plays it cool at first, he quickly becomes infatuated with the beautiful and free-spirited Erica (Shannyn Sossamon) while still striving to honor his vow of abstinence. Meanwhile, Ryan has publicized Matt’s mission to various friends and co-workers, and they promptly start a massive betting pool – going so far as to post a website entitled “The Vow”.

40 Days and 40 Nights sets up and then knocks down many of the more familiar romance cliches. Will Erica find out about Matt’s mission? Will Matt learn all about the ‘true nature’ of love while avoiding the more savory portions of a love affair? And how will the (formerly sweet, currently evil) ex-girlfriend and her new fiancée fit in to Matt’s experiment? This is not a movie full of earth-shattering surprises, but a relatively strong cast breathes some life into the proceedings.

Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor) is better than usual here, but I suppose that’s damning the guy with faint praise. Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale) is very sweet and quirky, while Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip) gets most of the movie’s best lines and delivers them well. On the other hand, Griffin Dunne (After Hours) humiliates himself in a side story that exists solely to expand the film’s meager ‘subplot’ quota.

There’s certainly a place for lightweight-yet-entertaining romantic piffle, and 40 Days and 40 Nights most assuredly qualifies as that. Despite a couple of gags that would be more at home in American Pie, 40 Days and 40 Nights also includes some surprisingly frank discussions about the importance of sex in modern romance.

Pleasantly diverting, intermittently quite funny, occasionally very sexy, and ultimately rather forgettable, 40 Days and 40 Nights is not a bad way to spend 90 you’ll make your girlfriend happy, and we all know where THAT can lead!

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User Comments

2/13/17 morris campbell not bad 3 stars
9/27/10 jennifer kimberly good review 5 stars
7/04/09 art A WONDERFUL DATE-MOVIE! 4 stars
5/09/07 David Pollastrini pretty dull 2 stars
2/24/06 Anthony Feor Skip this one 1 stars
2/07/06 Jeff Anderson Hartnett & Sossamon's great chemistry together save this highly. Great soundtrack, too!!!!! 5 stars
2/14/05 Atanu Unsitthroughable. Now is that a new word... 1 stars
4/17/04 Michael Greenwaldt Josh Hartnett carries the movie, without his amazing charm, it wouldn't have worked at all. 3 stars
12/24/03 sean Weak plot lines, with a few wisecracks. The skin is one of the only redeeming qualities 3 stars
9/05/03 Nicole Wretched 2 stars
6/09/03 p.Rodriguez oh Shannyn Sossamon ....................mmmmnnnnnnn! 5 stars
4/09/03 JL My IQ dropped a few points after watching this. 1 stars
3/11/03 me GREAT 5 stars
1/14/03 karen dado 5 stars
1/14/03 Vitality1 Not as bad as I expected. Hartnett is charming, but doesn't save the movie. 3 stars
12/30/02 sara I thought the film was a tasteful, teen sex comendy, which had humour and sensitivity 5 stars
11/16/02 Great Flaming Shitballs Josh Hartnett is a no-talent FAGGOT, and this movie gave me cancer! AVOID! :) 1 stars
10/10/02 Soggy Bottom Boy 1 or 2 good moments but overall, really dumb. 1 stars
10/03/02 Me Not U This film sucks hippo balls. The celluloid for this film would make great TP. 1 stars
9/29/02 chouck now why can't all romantic comedies have this much nekkidness? 4 stars
9/12/02 Chancey Thunderpants Hartnett is a no talent twat! This movie eats goat nuts. Stop it with the cum jokes already 1 stars
8/15/02 I Can't Swim No great achievement but not insultingly slow/stupid either. Josh's enjoyment contagious 4 stars
8/10/02 mary hartnett josh is the best actor and the movie was great 5 stars
8/05/02 mrs. hartnett it is raunchy but any movie that has the great acting of josh hartnett is good 4 stars
7/29/02 Jon And I'd nearly forgiven josh hartnett after pearl harbour... 1 stars
5/19/02 Mrs. McGregor whats everyone's problem, this was great!!!! 5 stars
5/15/02 Robyn Jamil-Walid What's it matter what he gives up for lent when he's stuck in a world of narcisistic jerks? 2 stars
5/14/02 Ashley Corpening Poor Vinessa Shaw-another promising actress made to wallow in her poop by braindead casters 2 stars
4/25/02 amanda it rocked very funni 5 stars
4/24/02 Red Shadow Quit complaining its cool, what i really want to know is where is the damn soundtrack is 5 stars
4/19/02 Sarah Josh Hartnett is a babe 5 stars
4/19/02 .... It aint good!! 1 stars
4/18/02 bryan its great dumbass 5 stars
4/01/02 Nikki Seriously dissappointing...especially since Josh is cute. 3 stars
3/31/02 Film Guy 94 minutes of my life i want back 2 stars
3/31/02 Film Dude A hit or miss film that missed. Badly. 1 stars
3/31/02 Michael Bartz This movies title was a prediction until how long it will take to come out on ass 1 stars
3/29/02 Nicole The ONLY redeeming quality of this movie was the pretty faces.....quite smutty. 2 stars
3/14/02 Candice Josh is hot, but other than that......... 2 stars
3/10/02 Rachem Good, light-hearted fun! 4 stars
3/08/02 AK47 Leave it to women to scorn their admirers and try to bang a celibate 1 stars
3/08/02 Veronica Foxx aka The Raven-Haired Temptress When will Hollywood learn pretty faces DO NOT equal talent? Please Stop. *vomits* 1 stars
3/05/02 Law Firm of Dewey, Cheatam & Howe Fun, inoffensive movie for those w/o a bug up their colon 4 stars
3/05/02 Kim what a shock: there's more to r'ships other than sex. 1 stars
3/05/02 poetchuck likeable characters, funny lines, enjoyable movie 4 stars
3/05/02 Todd Not all that bad 3 stars
3/04/02 Jesus Christ I condemn this movie. 1 stars
3/03/02 J.C. Lain Hartnett & Costanzo are natural comedians. Fairly witty and creative, with lots of charm 5 stars
3/03/02 Rebecca Barnes Josh shows what a well-rounded actor he really is--and looks damn good in the process!! 4 stars
3/03/02 Overkiller Would have been funny if the movie were only a third as long as it was. As it is, it SUCKS. 1 stars
3/02/02 Andrew Carden Teen-Sex Farce Has Minimal Laughs but Comes Off Quite Amusing. 4 stars
3/02/02 RKM Crappy non-sex romp without style, wit or people who can act 1 stars
3/02/02 Jake Monkey boy is back stinking up theaters. 1 stars
3/01/02 Anthony Lopez This is very funny stuff! 5 stars
3/01/02 Veronica Foxx This did not make me happy, and the only place it will lead is my foot in his groin!!! 1 stars
2/28/02 Goldhammer Disgustingly lame sacreligious garbage. 1 stars
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