40 Days and 40 Nights

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

Lent - 40 weekdays between Ash Wednesday and Easter, observed in many Christian churches as a time for fasting and repenting. Sometimes characterized by abstinence from a favorite indulgence. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, afterward he was hungry. -The Gospel of Matthew 4:1-2 (NKJV)

Since his girlfriend, Nicole (Vinesa Shaw), left him, Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) cant get her out of his mind. And its interfering with any new relationship, particularly during sex. Despite frequent confessions to his brother, John (Adam Trese), whos studying for Catholic priesthood, Matts active sex life becomes a string of one-night failures. Since sex seems to remind him of Nicole, Matt decides to give it up for Lent, forty days and nights without touching, kissing, or even self-gratification. Matts vow of celibacy quickly becomes the focus of his Internet design office, thanks to his unbelieving roommate (Paulo Costanzo), who starts a betting pool on how soon Matt will give in. But Matt determines that, for once, hes going to finish something. However, the longer he abstains, the more the subject of sex comes up. The temptation factor skyrockets when Matt meets Erica Sutton (Shannon Sossamon), who seems to be a perfect match. Can, and will, Matt complete his vow? Nicole is betting he wont. This sex comedy about abstinence should attract young adults, but probably wont last 40 days at the box office.

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Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Miramax Films (Disney), 375 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, & Universal Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (13) times - Mild 4, moderate 9

Obscene Language: Many (41) times - F-word 19, s-word 6, other 15, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Many (11) times - Regular 5 (GD, JC, J, G 2); exclamatory 6 (OG, OMG)

Violence: None

Sex: Several times - Implied and graphic (unmarried couple in bed w/nudity, graphic motion and sound several times, implied by sound, self-gratification implied by motion and sound)

Nudity: Many times (female rear and breast in sex scenes, female in thong underwear, breasts and female rear on pornographic magazines/videos/ refrigerator magnet/ video screen, man hallucinates topless women, man dreams about literal sea of female breasts); Near nudity - Many times (women in underwear, man in underwear, women obviously braless in thin blouses, cleavage emphasized, short skirts, man in towel)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Almost constant (man focus camera on womans legs, man confesses sex acts to priest, man hands condom to another, thrown condom sticks to window, woman suggest shell do anything, females flirt w/man, woman unbuttons blouse/ raises bare leg, fruits eaten suggestively, parents discuss sexual activity - show instructional drawings, comments about genital size, man checks bed for fluids, men in bathroom with porn magazine, sexual meaning implied for words, man handcuffed to bed, men bet on how long couple will stay in room)

Drugs: Few times - alcohol/ beer, cigarettes

Other: Discussion of Lent - about sacrifice and spiritual growth through self-denial, religious statues smile at man, woman looks at porn sites as cybernanny for blocking, man uses vow to attract girls, Viagra put in mans drink, comment about confusing physical for real attraction, mans arousal obvious, priest says mans sex stories affected need for sabbatical, man quotes Mark 1:12-13 about Lent

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults

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