40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

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

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Matt meets Erica and they have an instant attraction to one another but he has a hard time explaining his actions when he starts acting weird but she finds out the truth when Matt’s co-workers put his plan on a website and place bets whether he can last the whole duration. This film is directed by Michael Lehmann who has helmed two pretty good films (Heathers, The Truth About Cats & Dogs) that deal with relationships and human interaction but he has also directed some awful films and I certainly believe that this attempt belongs in the latter. The film is basically an attempt to showcase Josh Hartnett and take advantage of his looks which is fine but the script makes his character so nice that he’s just a complete bore.

At one point Matt makes Erica orgasm using a flower, a fact that women will happily condemn at a moment’s notice. There’s also the fact that if a man goes from constant sex to no relief of any kind, that he’s not going to have a say in the matter. The body will find a way to make him let off steam. The fact that for the entire time Matt lasts in the film, he never once experiences any sort of wet dream as would happen in such a sudden ‘cold turkey’ situation, is just evidence of how little the creators thought this premise through. Away from practical impossibility, the film also suffers from the predictable fact that it is often incredibly crude. Whether it is a hot office worker spreading her legs on the photocopier or Matt’s hallucinations of naked women, the film is never afraid to lower the tone beyond sensible parameters. At just over an hour and a half long, it is just one long smut joke, and it’s doubtful ‘Confessions of a window cleaner’ had this many sexual references.

The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary from the director and writer. There’s also a trailer that was ported over from the DVD. The A/V Quality is strong enough for a romantic comedy ported over to Blu-Ray. The A/V Quality is strong enough but there’s not real field of depth. That’s not a problem with the 1080p transfer. It’s just what they were shooting with during the original production. The DTS HD-MA 5.1 track is supportive, but the track never gets a chance to show off any range. I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: 09/06/2011

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