Tommy and Rosie are a young couple living in New York who are madly in love with one another - mad enough that they begin to pull off the most dangerous heists possible in order to make enough money to start a life together after their stints in prison. While Rosie attempts to make an honest living as a debt collector, Tommy is hell-bent on revenge after watching his father get beaten to a pulp by the Mafia when he was just a child. He follows a court trial of mobster Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano whose information in court about his recent exploits present Tommy with an idea to rob the gang's No-Guns social club with Rosie as the getaway driver. After getting away with it without a hit contract, they continue to rob the mob before discovering an important piece of inside information that could permanently bring down the world's most formidable criminals.
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Mister is a 13-year-old boy living amongst the poverty stricken suburbs of Brooklyn, New York. Living with his substance-dependent and off-the-rails mother, he has developed an unusual level of maturity and independence and tries his hardest to help his family by trawling through the local newspapers for jobs for his mother that wouldn't run background checks. However, when she is arrested and jailed, Mister and 9-year-old Pete set out to take care of themselves - even if it means begging on the street - whilst hiding from police, child protection services and dangerous criminals his mother was involved with. As the weeks wear on, Mister starts to truly understand that he is on his own now when it becomes clear that his mother is not going to come back for him even when she's free.
Sarah (Olsen) is working with her father John (Trese) and her uncle Peter (Stevens) to clean out a family-owned lake house that's been trashed by squatters. Sarah is clearly unnerved by the blacked-out windows, requiring the use of lanterns inside even during the daytime. Then she starts hearing loud noises upstairs. And when Peter is out getting supplies and her father is in the basement, she sees someone stalking her in the shadows. Soon she's running for her life. But even when she gets outside, she simply can't escape the house.
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As a girl, Sarah Murphy would spend her summers at a beautiful lake house with her dad. Many years later, the pair - along with Sarah's uncle Peter - returns to the house to renovate it, as the family wish to sell it. Sarah's old friend, Sophia, stops by but the former doesn't recognise her. The awkward conversation eventually comes to a close and Sarah continues into the house to begin renovations.
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Michael is an ex-compulsive gambler, returned to his Austin hometown ostensibly to turn his life around and get a real job, but in reality having some less savory motives. His ex-wife, Rachel (Alison Elliott), is in town and attached to a local, small-time hood. When Michael tries to patch things up with Rachel, a plot suddenly (and quite inexplicably) develops between the three to rob the armored car that Michael drives. The plan is hatched, and the fun begins.
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One of the more gratifying feelings a movie critic can have is the feeling of going into a picture expecting tiresome clichés of an overplayed genre, only to discover delightfully surprising freshness and soul where all the hackneyed conventions usually are.
"40 Days and 40 Nights" is such a movie. Misleadingly marketed as just another misogynistic romp through the young male libido, this often ribald comedy about a frustrated 20-something giving up sex for Lent is what the puerile, simplistic "American Pie," "Tomcats" and "Saving Silverman" might have been, had they been made by people with imagination and wit.
Directed by Michael Lehmann -- the man behind the twisted teen angst and irony of the subversive '80s cult hit "Heathers" -- "40 Days" finds many new and inventive ways to make sexual frustration funny.
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