Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

DVD - 2004
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When Joel discovers that his girlfriend, Clementine, has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind through an experimental scientific procedure, he decides to ease his own pain by getting the same treatment. But, as each memory of Clementine is systematically eliminated, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her and desperately attempts to reverse the process.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2004.
ISBN: 9780783297842
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 28, 2020

I'm really glad I didn't pay to see this movie. The ONLY thing entertaining was KD dancing in her undies, the rest was a snooze fest.

May 12, 2020

A touching and unique romance movie. A man with a chance to forget his painful relationship starts to have second thoughts.

Mar 26, 2020

(Condensed from a longer review)


It’s no secret that many male screenwriters struggle with writing female characters. The term “manic pixie dreamgirl” was coined by film critic Nathan Rabin and is described thusly: “[the character] exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” Essentially, the manic pixie dream girl (or MPDG) has no inner life or aspirations of her own, she exists merely to help the main male character grow, and probably to become romantically involved with him as well. I bring this all up because the man who wrote Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman, is no ordinary screenwriter. At first glance it would seem that Joel and Clementine have that dynamic. He is a world weary and depressed romantic, and she a carefree and impulsive free spirit. But Kaufman deftly avoids the trappings of this cliché by making Clementine much more than just the girl that Joel loves. She even basically addresses this during a mid-film discussion with Joel. She says: “Too many guys think I'm a concept, or I complete them, or I'm gonna make them alive. But I'm just a f’d-up girl who's looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours.” A lesser film would’ve used Clementine’s quirks and idiosyncrasies as ersatz substitutes for actual character development. Instead, she feels like a real person with her own agenda and desires.

Probably the most detestable character (at least on the surface) is that of Patrick, the Lacuna technician. Patrick falls in love with Clementine after performing the mind erasing procedure on her and then trying to socially engineer her into loving him back. While lighthearted in tone, the undercurrents are incredibly unsettling. He uses Joel’s own words and actions, knowing full well that Clementine would like them and that she’d have no memory of Joel having done them first. He basically tries to coerce her into loving him with these underhanded tactics, and for a while, it works. Such predatory behavior has been played as comedic and even virtuous by other films. Perhaps the most notorious version of this is in Revenge of the Nerds, when Lewis tricks popular girl Betty into having sex with him by pretending to be her boyfriend, Stan. This moment is played for laughs and Lewis emerges victorious and unpunished, as at the end of the film Betty exclaims that she is “in love with a nerd!” Suffice it to say, Kaufman and director Michel Gondry have no use for any retrograde attitudes. Patrick is unceremoniously dumped by Clementine, and is never viewed by the audience as anything less than a pathetic, risible character.

Feb 02, 2020

with Kate Winslett, romantic sci-fi film

Jun 06, 2019

A great movie that is hard to understand at first, but if you are a patient person, you'll slowly understand what this movie is all about.

Dec 22, 2018

This is in my top five favorite movies of all time, so this comment will be over-flowing with praise. It came out when I was about 16, so the perfect time for an indie alt-romance like this. And the perfect time to be introduced to screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (who is now one of my favorites because of this beautiful film). Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are so great in these roles. They really sell this story. I would recommend even for people who don't usually go for quirky flicks like this to check it out for the two lead actors, alone. It's a movie that deals with love and loss and tries to answer the question "If you could erase the memories of a broken heart, would you?"

Dec 22, 2018

I know a lot of people love this movie and I understand it's quality. My rating is based off of how this movie made me feel. I felt so depressed after watching this. I hated the ending, I hated the very idea of what they are doing in this movie, erasing your's painful. This movie probably deserves a higher rating because of the quality in the writing - that led it to making me feel so much, but by the time this finished I was just hurt - sad and angry.

Jun 20, 2018

Though I am not one for romantic or drama filled movies this movie was absolutely stunning and one that will stay with me for a while. This movie explores mental illness, loneliness and what we consider we need to be happy. This film is shot beautifully and contains amazing actors. Seeing the change in these characters is amazing because it feels so real and many of the situations the characters are involved in are relatable which isn't the easiest thing to do in filmmaking. You can really feel the raw emotion and how every action the characters make has an impact in the surroundings they are in and the people they associate with. Overall this movie is extremely beautiful and definitely worth the watch. 5/5 Stars.
@TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an incredibly different romance movie. The entire movie is a sort of maze where two lovers try to get their memories of eachother erased, but one realizes its a mistake while he's in the process. This leads him to try his best to stop the process while he is asleep in his own mind. The movie is a very heart wrenching tale of someone trying to hold on to his memories while the other person seemingly had let go. It's honestly hard to explain the plot of the movie but Jim Carrey portrays his character perfectly and the movie is just incredible. 5/5
@ecozones of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 05, 2018

Quite an unusual love story. This film is about insecurity and accepting what you have, wanting what you don't have and second chances when you find what you've lost. It may seem confusing because it begins where it ends and much of the film is spent inside Joel's memories as they slip away but it all makes sense in the end and bears a second viewing. Think of it like an Alzheimer's relationship do-over. There are some raw moments with fine performances by both Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

Jan 22, 2018

Weird, funny movie. Jim Carrey in a little bit of a different role.

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Feb 04, 2016

"I can't think of anything I don't like about you"
"But you will"
"But I can't"
"But you will"

Apr 02, 2015

"meet me in Montauk"

Jun 04, 2012

CLEMENTINE: You're not a stalker or anything, right? JOEL: I'm not a stalker. You're the one that talked to me, remember? CLEMENTINE: That is the oldest trick in the stalker book. JOEL: Really? There's a stalker book? Great, I gotta read that one.

Jun 04, 2012

Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.

Jun 04, 2012

I'm always anxious thinking I'm not living my life to the fullest, you know? Taking advantage of every possibility? Just making sure that I'm not wasting one second of the little time I have.

Aug 14, 2009

Well, uh, technically speaking, the procedure IS brain damage. But it's on par with a night of heavy drinking.


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Coarse Language: Explicit language.


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