Forty days and 40 nights without sex.. Could you do it? Or better yet, could you last that long without any type of physical intimacy with the opposite sex (or yourself)?
Well, Josh Hartnett, Hollywood’s “hottest new star” makes an attempt at this and also makes his first attempt to carry a whole movie all by himself without Ben Affleck or other big movie names to hold his hand.
I think it’s safe to say that Josh Hartnett is all grown up and can handle himself just fine. He plays Matt, a guy whose cherished girlfriend broke up with him six months ago but he just can’t get over her. So what does he do? He screws, humps, rogers, and …. well, you know, with random girls seven days a week.
But there’s something missing, something wrong that sex doesn’t fix and only makes worse.
That sounds weird to me too. Anyhow, he tries to find the root of the problem and can’t. But then his priest brother tells him about Lent, the 40 days and 40 nights that Catholics swear off the thing they enjoy most so they can grow and learn through self-sacrifice. And guess what? Little Matty decides not to have sex during lent. This is when he is faced with obstacles and temptations that literally drive him crazy. Occasions like “really hot women not wearing bras day” just don’t help and neither does the really hot co-star who is wonderful in every way and wants to get down and dirty.
This movie starts out with funny sex jokes and lewd comments then goes into a romantic comedy, then back and forth between the two. It’s a step above a total teen flick and a step and a hop below a meaningful movie.
You get what you expect, and maybe a few more Hartnett close-ups than completely necessary for the ladies, but you get your money’s worth too. The writing is decent, the plot doesn’t suck, and the cast is pleasantly surprising.
There are a few recognizable faces, but their names aren’t exactly embedded in your memory from previous performances. There’s that guy who was on that Nickelodeon show and the girl you might have seen in “that one movie” and they do a good job. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these actors get leading roles in future movies, but it’s all Josh Hartnett in this one. He proves that he can draw a crowd all by himself, even if it’s mostly girls coming to look at him.
I think Hartnett can act well, and he’ll eventually be able to headline movies that actually move. However, this is a good start and it’s really not a bad movie. The funny parts alone are worth going to see it and the romantic part makes it a good date movie, if you don’t mind listening to your date go on about how gorgeous Hartnett is. So go see it, and then you can talk about stickers. You’ll understand that last part later.