40 Days and 40 Nights

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Director
Michael Lehmann
Runtime
1 h 34 min
Release Date
1 March 2002
Genres
Comedy, Romance
Overview
Matt Sullivan's last big relationship ended in disaster and ever since his heart's been aching and his commitment's been lacking. Then came Lent, that time of year when everybody gives something up. That's when Matt decides to go where no man's gone before and make a vow: No sex. Whatsoever. For 40 straight days. At first he has everything under control. That is until the woman of his dreams, Erica, walks into his life.
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  • 40 Days and 40 Nights
    Movies from Film Forum, 03/07/02Hollywood is often accused—and found guilty—of presenting teen sex as a normal part of adolescence. Hollywood's figureheads often respond saying, "We're just telling it like it is." It's a classic chicken-or-the-egg dilemma—Are movies causing teenagers to believe this is acceptable behavior, or are these moviemakers merely reflecting the culture?Surely the answer falls somewhere between the two extremes. But the arrival of Michael Lehmann's 40 Days and 40 Nights will certainly add fuel to the fire of those who blame Hollywood. The film tells the story of a popular senior whose girlfriend breaks up with him, and he responds with a series of one-night stands. Shockingly, he finds these exchanges to be unsatisfying. So he takes a vow of abstinence … for a little more than a month. Unthinkable? The movie treats his attempt as a ludicrous idea. But do most people agree that it's well-nigh impossible for a high schooler to go a month without sex? Has sex become so cheapened that abstinence has become a joke? If this movie is reflecting the experience of today's high schooler, we're in deep trouble.I'd like to hear from you. Are the movies reflecting the realities of the contemporary high school experience? If so, which movies are most true? Have you seen any films that show admirable high schoolers? What are they? Write me here.The folks who made 40 Days are responding to criticism with scorn, as if to say, "Hey, relax, it's only a comedy. We're not trying to be serious." But then again the star of the movie, teen idol Josh Hartnett, was recently asked by Yahoo if he had tried going a month without sex. He laughed and said he didn't think he could do it. Yahoo, indeed. What a role model. Hartnett deflected the criticism of religious filmgoers, claiming his Catholic grandmother thought the film was funny. Is Hartnett himself Catholic? "I'm kind of an ex-Catholic. I went to Catholic school. I really kind of have minimal religion right now. I'm kind of a spiritual person, but not all that religious."Religious press critics are, as anticipated, very displeased with the film. The U,S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says, "Snickering at the Catholic Church's teaching on pre-marital sex … Lehmann's one-joke film exploits the holy season of Lent as a cynical pretext for abstinence." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); Phil Boatwright writes, "40 Days is one long sex joke aimed to arouse the viewer as much as the film's protagonist."Steven Isaac (Focus on the Family) remarks, "40 Days and 40 Nights does nothing more than celebrate illicit sex by, among other things, demonstrating how intolerable life is without it. That's a boldface lie, but it's a lie that a lot of folks have given in to."Mainstream critics dismissed the film as empty-headed. Roger Ebert gives the director Michael Lehmann some credit, saying he "has a sympathy for his characters that elevates the story above the level of a sexual sitcom. He uses humor as an instrument to examine human nature, just as he did in the wonderful, underrated The Truth About Cats and Dogs. Amazing, what a gulf there is between movies about characters governed by their genitals, and this movie about a character trying to govern his genitals." But he argues that the ending of the film is unfortunate, disappointing, and even offensive.Regardless of these widespread critical condemnations, the movie took second place at the box office this week. Parents, did you let your kids go see it? If so, you might want to talk to them and find out if they found it true to their own experience.from Film Forum, 03/14/02Peter T. Chattaway, occasional media writer for Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and Canadian Christianity, has an article in The Vancouver Sun this week on 40 Days and 40 Nights. Chattaway is troubled by the way this film, like so many, portrays sexual abstinence as ludicrous and well-nigh impossible. His complaint "is not that it exaggerates the significance of sex, but that it does so to the point where sex seems to eclipse just about every other way of relating to people. Abstinence becomes just another way to kink sex up, as Matt and his new girlfriend look for loopholes in his vow of chastity, which is due to expire in a few weeks anyway. The film plays on the notion that life without sex is untenable. But honestly, for some of us at least, it isn't all that bad."I planted my foot—or rather, my keyboard—in my mouth last week when I described 40 Days and 40 Nights as being about a high school senior. I apologize—I was going on second-hand information this time around and failed to double-check my facts. Apparently, the main character is older, college-age, and thus my questions about the film's accuracy in portraying high school life were rather off the mark.However, I did receive several differing responses from high schoolers, affirming that yes, sexual activity among their peers is troublingly frequent. In their experience, classmates not only engage in regular sexual escapades, but also ridicule those who abstain.It was nice, though, to see one student write, "I am a 17-year old high school junior, and … most movies that I have seen do not reflect high school for me. My friends and I do not have constant sex, we are not made fun of because of that, and we are not embarrassed." She argues that the truly embarrassing thing is the way that movies portray high schoolers.Mike Clawson writes in, "I don't find that most teen movies portray positive values. One teen movie that I found to be highly entertaining and which had a positive message worked into it was 10 Things I Hate About You, a clever and funny adaptation of Shakespeare's' Taming of the Shrew. Furthermore, as the story develops we get to hear a main character (Kat) openly discuss the negative consequences of deciding to give up her virginity. Other parts of the movie show the negative side effects of excessive drinking, and positively portray characters who make their own decisions based on their personal values rather than just following the crowd. 10 Things certainly isn't a morality tale, but it is a funny movie with an overall virtuous message.""What irritates me most," writes Rick de Geier, "is the quasi-moralistic message these movies always end with—'Sex is fun, and it's okay to experiment with it, but good buddies are more important'—as if that makes everything all right. … I don't turn to movies for answers to my problems, but to be moved by honest, happy or sad stories. What I look for is realism. I enjoy a realistic character far better than a hero who hardly shows any weakness."He recommends the Swedish film Show Me Love, "about a 15-year old nerdy girl who falls in love with the coolest girl from her class, somewhere in a boring Swedish suburb. They're shown kissing once or twice, but the movie isn't about homosexuality, it's about the hopes and insecurities of young teenagers. The way they can be both sincerely sweet and exceptionally cruel toward each other. I haven't seen 15-year olds portrayed more realistic in any other movie I've seen. It's quite tragic, but it's so much more honest than all this American Pie trash."Another recent film about teens I really enjoyed was Ghost World. It was very dark, but again—honest. I felt like I knew the two cynical girls who seem to be living in a dumb, insane place, because that's how I felt when I was a teen in my own little alternative subculture. The way they hated everything around them was maybe not 'Christian' or 'admirable', but it was so recognizable to me that I thought it was terribly funny and sad at the same time. The movie definitely has a message: negativity will make you bitter and lonely. I like the fact that the movie doesn't have a happy end, but does show a bit of hope for the characters at the end (just like in real life)." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-2'); }); if (gptClientWidth >= 992 && gptClientWidth <= 1000000) googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-3'); }); from Film Forum, 03/28/02Film Forum covered the arrival of the disturbing sex comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights a few weeks back, but critics are still chiming in with their various complaints. Simon Remark (Chiaroscuro) offers a new review this week. He says, "40 Days and 40 Nights was almost an intelligent, profound, even transcendent film. Almost. Instead of focusing on the rewarding aspects of celibacy, connecting with another human being on a more substantial level, the movie only focuses on the fact that our protagonist and his new love can't live without sex. While I was entertained throughout much of the movie, I was disappointed with the message and outcome. If only Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Dogma) had made this movie, maybe it would have dealt with the protagonist's spiritual struggle and the various complexities of relationships formed under unusual circumstances." ]]>
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  • 40 Days and 40 Nights: Two Wasted Hours
    Movies 40 Days and 40 Nights - RBest for: Twenty-somethings who enjoy movies about people having sex.What it's about: Six months after Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) breaks up with his girlfriend, he finds himself having a number of meaningless sexual encounters in hopes that they will help him forget about his ex. In confessing his sins to his brother, who's preparing to be a priest, Matt gets the idea to give up sex for Lent. The simple rules aren't based so much on religion as they are basic desires: no touching, kissing, foreplay, fooling around, self-gratification -- nothing to do with sex. Matt thinks he has everything under control until he discovers that his friends have posted his vow of celibacy on the Internet, and people are placing bets on when he'll have sex. Naturally, he meets Erica (Shannyn Sossamon), a beautiful woman who puts his vow of celibacy to the supreme test.The good: Hartnett is a talented, handsome and charismatic actor who delivers a good performance but who should have passed over this horrendous script.The not-so-good: Aside from the lame premise that all twenty-something career-minded youth want (or think about) sex, the story takes perverted liberties in several areas. The entire movie disrespectfully handles mature themes of abstinence, sex, chastity, pornography, friendship, dating/professional relationships and the Catholic faith. The fact that Matt's brother falls into temptation with a nun after listening to Matt's confessions is bad enough, but minimizing and even ignorantly equating the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness to being tempted with sex crosses the "entertainment" line and borders on sacrilege. I was appalled that throughout the movie. Matt is made to look like an idiot for wanting to abstain from sex. His friends and coworkers razz him; even his girlfriend acts hurt when she discovers he won't have sex with her.Offensive language and behavior: Lots of sexual dialogue and innuendoes, an abundant use of the "F"-word, numerous mild obscenities, one religious profanity and several religious exclamations. Covers of pornographic videos and magazines showing breasts and buttocks. A porn Web site briefly shows women with bare breasts.Sexual situations:: Numerous sexual innuendoes, situations and scenes, several of which are worth noting because parents need to realize just how "adult" this movie really is. Matt uses a flower to stimulate his girlfriend during sex. Full and partial female nudity occurs throughout the movie. A couple of dream sequences where Matt imagines naked women surrounding him. Matt tries to throw a used condom out a window but it sticks to the glass. Several visible erections are seen underneath Matt's clothing. A couple of scenes show him having actual sex. Dialogue and noise implies Matt's having marathon sex with Erica. Matt goes to the bathroom and hears his boss masturbating in the next stall; he then hands him a porn magazine. A woman spreads her legs to expose her panties and fishnet stockings. Two women French-kiss in front of Matt. An abundance of partial nudity, with sheer tops, cleavage and the Britney-bare-abdomen look.Violence: Matt's shirt catches fire in a restaurant. Matt is shown falling down, jumping out a window and handcuffed to his bed.Parental advisory: It would be a shame to let your immature or underage teenager see this movie because of the strong sexual and adult themes. This is a story that has blatant disregard for morals, religion or the subject of abstinence and is for mature adults only.Bottom Line: My college-age daughter went to 40 Days and 40 Nights with her boyfriend, thinking it would show the redemptive side of abstinence and valuing a relationship. Instead, they were both shocked at how raunchy, sexually degrading and silly the premise is. As my daughter stated, "Mom, this movie makes it look like all people in their 20s want to do is have sex, but in fact, statistics prove the opposite." Needless to say she was offended by this movie and didn't like it. I predict this movie will be gone from the theaters in 40 days (and nights)! googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); ]]>
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Pretty redpilled movie. Multiple scenes where women admit that they like men who are assholes and assertive. And that women get their power from their vaginas and withholding sex. Great rant by Patrice O'Neal about that here. (language warning)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28gvMM8KXm4And several other things that are true to the female nature. Also, a guy gets raped by a woman in this film. Definitely not PC to make males the victim. The film definitely makes fun of the male nature as well, but that couldn't be shown either nowadays because of #METOO stuff. (E.g. there's a creepy/pervy boss and womanizing main characters.)The plot is interesting. Except for really bad dialogue in parts with blatant exposition.Also, the Y2K dot com era is hilarious to see in retrospect. Really try hard to make it hip and relevant with everything being related to internet sites and new tech.Oh and the (((sneaky roommate))) is always scheming and plotting and being a bad influence with gambling/porn and bribery. Nice contrast to the good 'ol Catholic boy. Mel Gibson would be proud.I said anti-god themes because they portray the catholic priests and nuns in a bad light, but i think it's just comedy. Also, he's obviously just having lots of sinful sex and they brush it off. There's nothing about getting closer to god and he fails at the last minute and that doesn't really matter to the story. I really like Shannyn Sossamon and it's worth watching for her alone.Last thing, the beautiful Aryan blue eyed / blonde Chad is the bad guy. Along with his matching Aryan girl. Typical (((Hollywood))) with beta male nerds who write and approve scripts they can relate to. At least the Chad main character Catholic somehow slipped past to the silver screen.Check it out and pay if you like, or don't. Whatever.

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