Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of

the Spotless Mind

Released 2004

Review by: Master Snickup

My boyfriend works at a used game store which also sells the usual: DVD's, CD's, and old Modern Warfare 2 discs. Until recently, I had no desire to get anything from there. It's laughable to think I have time to watch movies, and I have all the games I need, specifically Pokemon and Cooking Mama, and having an iPod, I find CD's to be cute novelty items, like small, ceramic dogs. For Christmas, I finally broke down and asked for a couple movies, one of which was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

I had originally watched the movie on Netflix, and was confused to find the words “A smart, sexy and seriously funny comedy” plastered near the bottom of the back of the DVD case, slightly above text stating that a bunch of people though it was four stars (but no mention of what number the four was out of). I didn't remember the movie being funny at all. In fact, I distinctly remembered crying during more scenes than I'd like to admit, which is really any. I poured over the case trying to make sure this was same the movie I had stated was in my top five, and found Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Spiderman's girlfriend and Frodo and that one guy who's basically the most unimportant actor ever because he was in “13 Going on 30”, which I will never write a review of. The back of the case even declared it “The best work Jim Carrey has ever done!”, which is funny, because I feel like if Jim Carrey had been in a Barbie movie people might have been impressed by the quantum leap he had taken from his other movies. Sure enough though, this was the movie I thought it was, and after re-watching it, I really don't find it any “funnier” than I did watching it the first time.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a rather shameless love story. It has hair dye, a mildly confusing plot, and a lead female who refers to herself as a “vindictive bitch”. Did I mention it's original? Carrey and Winslet fall in love, there's drinking, some confusing potato dolls, and mentions of infedelity and mistrust. Valentine's Day rolls around and Carrey tries to put an emotional band-aid on his clearly failing relationship only to discover that his girlfriend has no idea who he is. Irked, Carrey vents to his friends and finds out about a company that erases your memory of one person. Completely. Heartbroken to find out his lovely ex did this to him, he seeks revenge by erasing her too, but as the operation starts to pick up, Carrey realizes he doesn't want to erase her after all. Then he spends the rest of the movie trying to save his memories, by hiding her from the operation so he can keep her.

As cute as the movie is, you do have to see a drunken Kirsten Dunst dance topless on a chair. I think it's worth it, but I totally understand if you're too scared.

Theatrical Trailer

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