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This article refers to Michael Lehmann's 2002 film. For the 2007 Matthew Chapman book, see 40 Days and 40 Nights (book).

40 Days and 40 Nights

Movie poster of 40 Days and 40 Nights, the text set in a phallic column extending from Hartnett's crotch.
Directed by Michael Lehmann
Produced by Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Michael London
Written by Rob Perez
Starring Josh Hartnett
Shannyn Sossamon
Paulo Costanzo
Distributed by Miramax Films (USA)
Alliance Atlantis (Canada)
Universal Pictures (non-USA/Canada)
Release date(s) March 1, 2002
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17,000,000 USD (estimated)

40 Days and 40 Nights is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann and written by Rob Perez. The film depicts the life of Matt Sullivan, played by Josh Hartnett, who abstains from any sexual contact for the duration of the Christian season of Lent.



Matt is obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Nicole, which makes it impossible for him to have relationships with other women. Matt confides to his brother, John, a priest-in-training, that he has sexual problems because of his obsession. Realizing that Lent is about to start, Matt tells John that he is going to go without sex for 40 days and 40 nights. John warns Matt that celibacy is not easy. Matt and his roommate, Ryan, are co-workers at a dot-com company in San Francisco and Ryan starts an office pool to bet on how long Matt can last.

After six days, Matt meets a girl named Erica, who works for Cyber Nanny, and they make plans to see each other in a week. When Matt and Erica meet again, they make plans to go on a date. At work, Matt finds out about the office pool and a website about his vow of chastity. Matt sees that it is been protected by Cyber Nanny and realizes that Erica must know about his abstinence. Matt and Erica go out to dinner later, and Matt sees Nicole and her new fiancé. Matt introduces Nicole to Erica, and Erica realizes that Matt's celibacy is a result of his breakup with Nicole and leaves the restaurant. Matt's co-workers attempt to get Matt to have sex by slipping him Viagra and cutting him into the office pool, but instead he goes to Erica's house. Erica and Matt have an erotic encounter without touching each other.

Matt goes to work and daydreams about his meeting with Erica and it is pointed out that he has an erection when he goes to meet a client. Matt is told to go home for the day, when Nicole then comes by to tell Matt that she has broken up with her fiancé. She wants Matt back and tries to have sex with him, but he turns her down and she leaves, saying that Matt's new-found assertiveness makes him even hotter. Nicole finds out about the office pool and bets $3,500 that she can get him to break. On the last night, Matt is handcuffed to his bed that night so he will not be able to do anything to ruin his vow. He falls asleep and has an erotic dream, but when he wakes up, Nicole is raping him. As Nicole is leaving, Erica arrives and thinks Matt has cheated on her. Matt leaves a box of reminders with Erica's roommate later, and when Erica sees it she has a change of heart and meets Matt again. Later on, Matt's friends are playing video games and hear Matt and Erica having sex. While the men are betting on how long they will have sex, Matt kicks them out. Then the guys wait outside and bet if he can stay in there for 24 hours.



40 Days and 40 Nights was filmed on location at Potrero Hill, San Francisco, California.


The film received mixed reviews, Rotten Tomatoes rated it 38% based on 133 reviews.[1]

The Catholic League claimed the film parodied Lent in a vulgar way. The League is also known for protesting other Miramax films, such as Priest and Dogma.


  1. ^ 40 Days and 40 Nights at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2009-11-14.

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From Wikiquote

40 Days and 40 Nights is a 2002 film about a young man vows to stay celibate during the 40 days of Lent because of a brutal breakup, but finds the girl of his dreams and is unable to do anything about it.

Directed by Michael Lehmann. Written by Rob Perez
One man is about to do the unthinkable. No sex. Whatsoever. For... 40 Days and 40 Nights.


Matt Sullivan

  • I almost fucked an outlet today.
  • You stupid, stupid... silly little person.
  • Wait, wait. Don't go to sleep yet. We got to talk about something. [pause] Stickers. Do you like stickers?


  • Dude, you've got to tell her. Seriously. You can pass off two dates without a kiss as being old fashioned - you go three and you're a homo.
  • Do you know how many hours I spent looking for for my "Temple of Poon" tape. One. That is a long time to be looking for porn, Matt, what the fuck is going on.
  • This is a photocopy of Candy's ass? You're gonna call her, right?


  • Mandy: [describing the importance of women's power of abstinence] Women have been doing this since... the beginning. It's all part of the system. But you're taking the power and you're fucking with the system. Now, you realize that we can't let this happen, hmm?
  • Candy: [describing the typical sexuality of men] They're like animals; their whole lives revolve around their penises.
  • Jerry Anderson: I've jerked off three times since lunch and I've still got this fucking hard-on.


Ryan: One - you can't do it. You just can't. This isn't a personal attack towards you, I'm just saying that no man can do it, it goes against nature. The male was biologically designed to spread his seed. You're gonna piss off the seeds Matt! It goes against science! You wanna be the guy who goes against science?
Matt: And two?
Ryan: And two, are you out of your fucking mind? You're the guy who can't finish a sandwich, you think you can go 40 days? Did your brother put you up to this?
Matt: No - in fact he's been about as supportive as you are. Look, this doesn't affect you in any way.
Ryan: Oh, this affects everybody...

Ryan: Okay, I know you have some Nicole issues right now but...
Matt: I do not have any Nicole issues.
[Ryan picks up an old picture of Matt and Nicole]
Ryan: 'Hi, I'm one of the many pictures of Nicole that still infest Ryan and Matt's apartment after six months'. I mean she's hot Matt, I don't mind looking at her, all I'm saying is - you have issues.

Matt: Have you ever noticed a crack in my ceiling?
Ryan: Dude, you're action packed with issues.

Erica: If I told you, "Don't think about the color red", what would you think about?
Matt: Sex.

Nicole: Hey, Bagel Guy.
The Bagel Guy: You know my name?

Duncan: She said I looked like Lionel Ritchie.
Neil: Well that's great!
Duncan: No it's not.

Matt: You gotta... You gotta light a candle or something.
John Sullivan: I'm not gonna light a candle so you can feel better about getting laid!

Matt: Listen, isn't part of the priestly thing giving relationship advice?
John Sullivan: Relationship advice, yes - sex advice, no. Part of the priestly thing - and stop calling it that - is not to have sex, remember?
Matt: It's funny. I didn't say a thing about sex.
John Sullivan: Sure you did...
Matt: No, I didn't. I guess thinking about sex is part of the priestly thing - at least for some.
John Sullivan: Get out.
Matt: Fine.

Susie: [after hearing Matt's obviously fake orgasmic moan] What the fuck was that? Did you come?
Matt: Uh... yeah.
Susie: No you didn't. You faked it.

Ryan: Do you like her?
Matt: Yeah.
Ryan: So why do you not wanna fuck her?


  • One man is about to do the unthinkable. No sex. Whatsoever. For... 40 Days and 40 Nights.
  • This March, sex takes a holiday.


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