FBMR - 40 Days and 40 Nights
Film-Buff Movie Reviews

40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS (2002) **1/2

This movie doesn’t paint a very good picture of celibacy, but then again, it’s celibacy to the extreme (no sex of any kind, no masturbation, no kissing even). And of course, a few days after taking this vow of celibacy during Lent, Matt (Josh Hartnett) meets a great girl.

One of the problems I had with this movie, and with a lot of movies actually, is that so much conflict could have been avoided if the characters were just upfront about stuff. People in real life are generally more understanding than we often are given credit for (according to the movies). Had Matt explained his vow to Erica (Shannyn Sossamon), and that it would only be until Easter, she may have found it odd, but if she really dug him, would understand and be supportive. But that wouldn’t be much of a movie, now would it?

Josh Hartnett did a very good job showing Matt’s struggle, both physically and emotionally during those 40 days and 40 nights (especially when so many around him thought he was unable to succeed and wanted him to fail). Some of the scenarios looked awfully difficult to resist. Not a bad little movie, even makes you think a little bit in between the laughs.