40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

“If I told you, “Don’t think about the color red”, what would you think about?” – Erica

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 May 2003 and 22 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – While trying to get over a difficult breakup, a man decides to swear off all intimate contact for the entire 40 days of Lent.

My Take on it – This is a film with a somewhat strange premise that actually sounds like it might have potential yet fails in so many ways to even come close to reaching that potential.

When this film came out, Josh Hartnett was a Hollywood darling and when looking at his performance here, one questions why he was so beloved at that time.

He manages to give a very mediocre performance here and its quite hard to believe his character as being anything more than a caricature.

He has absolutely no chemistry with any of his costars and that hurts things even more because it makes it quite difficult caring about what will happen to him because of that.

This film is filled with lots of jokes about the subject matter yet very few manages to actually hit their target while most of the other fall completely flat along the way.

For a comedy, that hurts things quite a lot since it doesn’t manage to elevate the film to anything more than just feeling like a very juvenile premise by the way things are presented throughout.

This is all pretty sad since this kind of premise has much more comedic potential than what they were able to milk from it.

Bottom Line – Very strange idea that doesn’t manage to work as well as the premise makes it out to be.  Hartnett was a Hollywood darling when this film came out and watching this makes one wonder why.  His performance is mediocre at best here and he has no chemistry with any of his co-stars what so ever.  The film has a few good jokes, but unfortunately, most of the others fall completely flat and just aren’t able to elevate this film to something with more of a message than the juvenile one they present.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Josh Hartnett tried to emulate his character’s celibacy. He lasted for two weeks. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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