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40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), R
Analysis Date: March 2, 2002
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 3.00

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

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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  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Rev. 2:20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality... [Maybe "Jezebel" can be equated to modern entertainment. And this is found in the Book of Revelation -- prohpecy of the coming of the end times. Are we there?]
  • Ezek. 11:21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

    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.

    40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • none noted

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 25 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 20 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • a used condom thrown against a window
  • talk of excusing sexual immorality
  • "You go three days (without a kiss) and you're a homo."
  • lies
  • father having talk with sons that sexual immorality is okay
  • kneeling to look up a woman's short skirt
  • offer to lie

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • partial nudity and full nudity, repeatedly and with multiple participants
  • leg wrap around hugging partner
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed after intercourse
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly, one time it was many adults
  • sex talk, comments, innuendo, repeatedly - some quite graphic
  • anatomical references
  • talks of masturbation, repeatedly, including during thoughts about a girlfriend, enticing to masturbate and gestures of masturbation plus an episode of sounds and extremity motions of masturbation
  • man and woman in bed necking in underwear
  • intercourse with nudity and sexual talk and intercourse with genitals unseen
  • insulting eye movements
  • vulgar pelvic thrust
  • porn mags and porn pics
  • vulgar gestures of intercourse, repeatedly
  • Internet porn site
  • sexual invitation
  • exhibitionism (showing butterfly tattoo on the inside of a woman's thigh in a very short skirt while she photocopied her crotch as a greeting card)
  • pressing bodies together in a sexual manner
  • homosexual reference
  • gamming
  • offer f sex with multiple participants
  • lesbian kissing
  • implied oral sex using a banana
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • multiple drawings of various positions of intercourse
  • vulgar sex pretense with food
  • rubbing the breast of Mrs. Butterworth on a bottle of Mrs. Butterworth(tm) syrup
  • multiple attempts at seduction
  • clothed erections, repeatedly
  • sexual offers
  • imagining an electrical outlet as a woman's open mouth face as a sexual object
  • a sea of female breasts
  • man wearing a towel only
  • audio sequence of extended (days) intercourse

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 13 without
  • "Isn't sex a God-given fact of life" to excuse sexual immorality
  • expression of Hell being holy
  • priest kissing a nun in secret
  • mockery of the Scriptures

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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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.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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