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40 Days and 40 Nights

comedy, drama, romance

An outrageously sexy comedy starring Josh Hartnett and Shannyn Sossamon. 40 days and 40 nights is another hilarious hit from the producers of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones' Diary!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Mildly amusing Josh Hartnett sex comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has extremely explicit (often humiliating) sexual situations and references, including casual sex, masturbation, nudity, Viagra, pornography (one tape is titled: In Diana Jones and the Temple of Poon), a same-sex kiss just for effect, overall skanky behavior, and a used condom. A woman has sex with a man without his consent (he is tied to the bed and thinks she is someone else). There is very strong language. Characters drink and smoke. Some viewers will be offended by the portrayal of a Catholic seminarian (Matt's brother), who is having his own problems with the vow of chastity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Matt sees the world differently (literally and metaphorically) as a result of his vow. How would his relationship with Erica have been different if he had not taken the vow? Why was he unable to enjoy casual sex? Was it really his lingering feelings for Nicole or was it a sense that he had not connected with her any more than he did with his one-night stands?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It won't take 40 days and 40 nights to forget this turkey.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Monday, March 4, 2002

Rotten: The slapdash and vulgar second half ... saps the good will engendered by some funny gags and heartthrob Josh Hartnett's ... heart-tuggingly earnest performance.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, March 1, 2002

Fresh: 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, Thursday, March 7, 2002

Audience Reviews

0 star

a poor excuse for a movie plot. Who in this world really has that hard of a time going for 40 days without sex? in the real world this happens to most people all the time, and they don't end up sweating in a hallucinagenic craze over it.

- puffchunk, Sunday, May 6, 2007

3 stars

I liked this movie. Its worth a try.

- gatorgirl13, Saturday, May 19, 2007

3 stars

A funny comedy as a boy gives up all forms of sexual activity for Lent. Will he last, especially after meeting a great girl. Not to mention his colleagues taking bets, trying their best for him to fail.

- Deano78, Sunday, July 1, 2007