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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), R
Analysis Date: March 2, 2002
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 3.00
40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS (R) -- ...a vulgar, immoral and completely wasted movie.
Distributed by: Miramax Films
Director(s): Michael Lehmann
Producer(s): Stuart M. Besser, Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Michael London
Written by/Screenplay: Rob Perez (story)
Cinematography/Camera: Elliot Davis
Music: Rolfe Kent
Editing: Nicholas C. Smith
40 Days and 40 Nights was NOT a promotion of abstinence. Rather, it was a tease for sexual promiscuity and immorality. Even the movie poster is disgusting and vulgar. And every movie-going teen and preteen in America has seen it. But what can we expect of Miramax.
Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) is rebounding after a lost love with Nicole (Vinessa Shaw). All subsequent relationships are empty. Of course, they included sexual intimacy. Maybe that is why non-marital relationships built on and fed by immoral sex are, generally speaking, doomed to failure. Whatever. This is a modern movie. As far as many writers and producers are concerned, immoral sex in modern movies is okay (but not to God) [Hebr. 13:4, Rev. 2:20, Ezek, Rev. 21:8].
Hollowed out by failing relationships after Nicole, Matt gives up sex for Lent. Forty days and 40 nights without any manner of sexual activity. In defining "no sex" the movie gets quite vulgar in both words and action. In seeking sympathy and strength Matt blabs his conviction to his roommate Ryan (Paulo Costanzo). Being the enterprising webmaster he is, Paul sets up a pool for bets on how long Matt will last before breaking. Ryan even builds a web page to take bets. Two thousand dollars. Right thousand dollars. Sixteen thousand dollars. The bets keep coming in. And so do the women bent on seducing Matt just to break him. No other reason. One of the women showed Matt a butterfly tattoo high on the inside of her thigh in a very short skirt while she photocopied her crotch as a greeting card. All to attempt to seduce him. Another example of the decay of sexual purity was found in the comment ""Isn't sex a God-given fact of life" to excuse sexual immorality. Little do the producers/writers know that any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual *marriage* is sinful (ostensibly that includes sex with the self).
Lo and behold stands Erica (Shannyn Sossamon) at the laundromat. Matt smooths his way into getting to know her and begins a non-sexual relationship with her. And she, of course, reciprocates. Now this is the way a relationship is should be. Non-sexual. Totally. But Erica, being the modern progressive young lady she is, soon begins to wonder about Matt. Then she learns of the pool on Matt's giving up sex and feels she is part of the bet. Boom!
There is more I could tell you about the "plot" or storyline (or at least what appeared to be the plot and storyline), but what would be the point. This is a vulgar, immoral and completely wasted movie. If you still want to know more about it, read the quite lengthy listing in the Findings/Scoring section. But be warned. The listing of findings in a vulgar movie will be vulgar itself, even when buffered and polished ... (there would be a good place to put the expression about not being able to polishing something and it would be most applicable to this movie, but I won't).
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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|NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.|
|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|