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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

Directed by Michael Lehmann

40 Days and 40 Nights

"40 Days and 40 Nights" is a juvenile, 96 minute-long episode of "Friends" with a flash of skin here and there. There is no level of reality to the proceedings so there's no point in looking at this crap in terms of believability or even with an eye to "what must that be like." This is a world where a couple of straight guys in their early twenties live together in a pleasingly decorated apartment. This is a world where the main character's female co-workers are mostly beautiful women in their early twenties who wear miniskirts and fishnet stockings to the office. This is a world where everyone seems to care, and are willing to wager on, whether or not a young man will be able to give up sex for "40 days and 40 nights" (the length of Christian Lent). This is a world where a couple of lesbo-leaning women try to seduce their male co-worker because he's upsetting the yin/yang balance of the universe by resorting to the feminine prerogative of abstinence. This is a world where another female co-worker hikes up her skirt to photocopy her ass, then puts her phone number on the results for the would be abstainer. This is a world that seems to be cynically crafted by studio execs at Miramax to separate the 17 to 24 year-old demographic from their filthy lucre. This is a movie equivalent of a McDonald's Big Mac with cheese. Extra cheese. Welcome to the bizarro-world. Bon appetite twenty-somethings! -- Rating: $2.54 (or the price of a Big Mac)

Tom Graney -- copyright 2002 Hollywood Outsider

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