40 Days and 40 Nights. Michael Lehmann. "One man is about to do the unthinkable. No sex. Whatsoever. For ... 40 Days and 40 Nights." Um, hello? Is that, like, supposed to be hard? But Matt (Josh Hartnett) isn't like the rest of us. Beautiful women throw themselves at him daily, and it's such a problem. Why? Well, he's trying to get over his ex (Vinessa Shaw), and every time he has sex with someone else, he envisions his ceiling starting to crack, revealing a black hole that threatens to suck him in. One could suggest that he simply not look at the ceiling but, alas, the modern woman just has to be on top, forcing Matt's gaze heavenward. Matt therefore decides to swear off sex for Lent. His motives aren't entirely pure: It's also a way of competing with his brother (Adam Trese), who's studying to become a priest. At first, the vow makes him stronger, and he swiftly becomes a workaholic. But then the girl of his dreams (Shannyn Sossamon, looking like Teri Hatcher's kid sister) just happens to introduce herself at the Laundromat. Chances are most of us won't shed many tears for poor Matt; fewer will laugh, especially at a climax that shrugs off rape. Director Michael Lehmann is a long way from the glory days of Heathers; this is strictly work for hire. Opens March 1 at multiple locations. (LYT)
Italian for Beginners. Lone Scherfig. Opens March 1 at the Plaza Frontenac. Reviewed this issue.
State Property. Abdul Malik Abbott. State Property features some of hip-hop's most popular artists -- Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and others -- attempting to pull an Ice Cube and make the leap into the acting game. Sigel plays Beans, a playa frustrated with his an empty wallet and lacking the wherewithal to fill it legally. So he decides to build his empire the Enron way: illegally. As he butts heads with antagonists in the gangster and cop worlds, he finds his biggest opponent in Untouchable (Jay-Z). Opens March 1 at multiple locations. NR
We Were Soldiers. Randall Wallace. Opens March 1 at multiple locations. Reviewed this issue.