40 Days and 40 Nights
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) can’t get her out of his mind. And it’s interfering with any new relationship, particularly during sex. Despite frequent confessions to his brother, John (Adam Trese), who’s studying for Catholic priesthood, Matt’s 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.
Matt’s 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, he’s 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 won’t. This sex comedy about abstinence should attract young adults, but probably won’t last 40 days at the box office.