40 Days and 40 Nights
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Following memorable roles in the military action-adventures Pearl Harbor (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001), young actor Josh Hartnett is propelled to romantic leading man status with this semi-autobiographical comedy from screenwriter Rob Perez. Hartnett stars as Matt Sullivan, a young man smarting over the bitter breakup of his most recent relationship. With Lent approaching, Matt decides to observe the 40-day tradition by abstaining from all sexual contact, including self-gratification. Once his odyssey of discipline has begun, he meets the girl of his dreams, while his ex begins campaigning… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hartnett's pitch-perfect sexual panic can be hilariously funny."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"Nothing more than a lame vehicle for teen heartthrob Josh Hartnett."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Translates your average bad teen comedy into a below-average adult romantic comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This tedious romantic romp is based on a single idea--a hunk (Josh Hartnet) abstaining from sex for the duration of Lent--extended to the limits of a feature-length picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Finds a way to present a light-hearted sexual comic fairy tale, then derails itself with bad romantic comedy fallbacks."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Given its drastically contrived nature, the script gets further than I expected."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"The material may be lightweight, but it's been shaped into a film that deserves to become a classic in an admittedly lightweight genre."
‑ Charles Savage, Miami Herald
"Mildly amusing Josh Hartnett sex comedy."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Even by the relatively relaxed standards of teen sex, or no sex, farces, 40 Days and 40 Nights is painful to watch."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This movie was about the most excruciating hour and a half I've endured recently."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"You may feel like taking a vow of abstinence yourself -- at least from Hollywood youth-sex comedies."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It has a way of wearing out what's supposed to be knockabout farce."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Lehmann and screenwriter Rob Perez milk this idea for everything it's worth."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"They could have easily made yet another gross-out comedy, but instead the laughs are born of clever writing and likable characters."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"A reasonably intelligent adult comedy."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
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