*** Official "40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS" Review Thread

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  1. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

    Dec 9, 1998
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    This thread is now the Official Review Thread for 40 Days and 40 Nights. Please post all HTF member reviews in this thread.
    Any other comments, links to other reviews, or discussion items will be deleted from this thread without warning!
    If you need to discuss those type of issues, please post your discussion comments in the Official Discussion Thread for this film which can be found here.
    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
  2. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

    Oct 3, 2000
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    Here's my review for anyone interested!
    40 Days and 40 Nights ( [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] out of [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] )
    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 minutes...plus you’ll make your girlfriend happy, and we all know where THAT can lead! [​IMG]

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