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40 Days and 40 Nights

40 Days and 40 Nights

Josh Harnett, that young heart-throb from Pearl Harbor has thrown caution to the wind in his promising career by staring in an obnoxious sex comedy.

He plays Matt, a dot com whiz, who, after a roller coaster relationship with girlfriend Nicole, pledges to give up sex for lent after she walks out on him for the umpteenth time.

He not only gives up sex, but also kissing, caressing and... well, you get the picture for 40 days and 40 nights.

Before doing so, Matt agonizes over his decision with his older brother who is preparing to enter the priesthood.  This situation gives the writers a chance to give the Catholic church the first of many cheap shots, by equating a vow made to the church with this self-serving, juvenile one.

Nicole (who looks old enough to be Harnett's mother), is always in Matt's thoughts.  So, to clear his head from his ex and sex, he cleans out her pictures, his collection of porn tapes and girlie magazines and concentrates on making model cars and doing the laundry.

During one of his many trips to the laundromat, Matt meets the girl of his dreams (Shannyn Sossamon - A Knight's Tale) but with his new chaste life, it's difficult to get close to someone new.  On their first date, Matt ends up taking her on a bus ride - his idea of a "safe" date.

While Matt is busy trying to start a new relationship without actually touching the girl, his co-workers (all of whom seem to have much too much time on their hands) start an office pool betting on when Matt will give in and have sex.

The pool and every intimate detail of Matt's life finds itself on the Internet and before we know it, both men and women alike are attempting to sabotage Matt into breaking his word so they'll win the lucrative pool.

The age of most of the cast is in the mid 20's, yet with their unrelenting obsession with all things sexual, these characters are like teenage boys at a male boarding school.

Matt's accosted by a steady stream of sexy women (all in Victoria Secret style) attempting to entice him and the guys resort to spiking his O.J. with Viagra - among other things.

Harnett doesn't get to stretch his acting skills much, as he spends most of the film gritting his teeth or running around with a pained look on his face as visions of bare-chested women and clouds shaped like giant breasts dance in his head.

Director by Michael Lehmann (who also directed the Bruce Willis debacle - Hudson Hawk) gives us an insipid excuse for a comedy and I'm surprised that Harnett would put his career on hold to star in such a tasteless and embarrassing film.

40 Days and 40 Nights

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