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  • #6688404
  • Manufacturer: Fox Home Ent. (lgf)
  • UPC #031398142386
  • Model #31146
    • Release Date: 2011-09-06
    • Genre: Comedy
    • Artist Name: Josh Hartnett, Paulo Costanzo, Shannyn Sossamon
    • Director: Michael Lehmann
    • AMG Rating:
    • MPAA Rating: R
    • Category: Feature Films
    • Cautions: Watch With Your Teen, Nudity, Adult Language, Strong Sexual Content
    • Year: 2002
    • Running Time: 94
    • Movie Country of Origin: USA
    • Available Language: English
    • Subtitles: Spa



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    (Manufacturer # 31146 )

      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 to get him back. Co-starring Shannyn Sossamon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Vinessa Shaw, 40 Days and 40 Nights inspired another round of controversy between distributor Miramax and the Catholic League, which accused the film of being a "vulgar parody" of Lent. The League previously protested the company's releases of Priest (1994) and Dogma (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Comedy, Romance
    Movie Level Themes
      Twentysomething Life, Love Triangles, Battle of the Sexes
    Movie Level Tones
      Irreverent, Racy, Easygoing, Light

    DVD Features

    • Audio commentary with director Michael Lehmann, producer Michael London and screenwriter Robert Perez
    • Teaser trailer
      AMG Rating


        "Blasphemous" doesn't begin to describe the marginally church-themed 40 Days and 40 Nights, though its crimes against Catholicism have little to do with that label. In fact, this soulless Josh Hartnett vehicle earns contempt by being so devoid of intellect, worthwhile commentary or even playfully bad taste, it actually validates the complaints of the most reactionary religious types. The crucial mission of this kind of film is to document the simultaneously shallow trappings and sublime pleasures of physical gratification, letting one inform the other to achieve both subtle and bawdy humor. Michael Lehmann's film never finds this admittedly delicate touch, but the small number of times it even comes close is what's truly dispiriting. Its default condition is to poop on all of its characters, even the ones it considers romantic heroes, while moving from one depressingly puerile set piece to the next in halting, anti-climactic fashion. Serving as a kind of Greek chorus for this bottom feeding is no less than a dozen snarky actors most frequently employed as television commercial pitchmen, whose grating attempts to hoard the spotlight should -- but don't -- cancel each other out. Rarely, also, has a movie so awkwardly crammed its setting into each shot; if Hartnett and Shannyn Sossamon need to get into an argument, odds are the Golden Gate Bridge will be looming somewhere in the background. Catholics may be offended that this film thinks so little of their hallowed tradition of self-denial, but how little it respects the good name of sex should shock just about everyone else. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi


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