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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Released: 2004

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 1 hr 48 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Michel Gondry

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Gerry Robert Byrne, Elijah Wood, Thomas Jay Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jane Adams, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson

An artist undergoes experimental treatment to get his ex-girlfriend out of his head.

One of the most beloved movies of my generation.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 7 years ago

This is easily one of the most beloved movies of my generation. It speaks to me in new ways each time I see it. The last time I saw it I was getting over some romantic issues, and it was like screenwriter Charlie Kaufman had gotten inside my head and spilled out all my insides. “Yes! This is what I want to do! I want to erase this person from my life!” The movie is smart enough to realize that while we may feel that way for awhile, ultimately those experiences prove worthwhile. As the film’s main theme song says, “Everybody’s gotta love sometime.” More than anything else I’ve seen, the movie recognizes that love doesn’t just hurt; it has the power to destroy, but only if we let it.

Rarely have the various elements of a film come together in such a way: a completely original, wildly imaginative screenplay brought to life by a director whose technical genius fits the material perfectly. There are at least a handful of unforgettable characters; in addition to being a celebration of love, Eternal Sunshine is also a celebration of individuality, even bohemia. We see this embodied in the hilarious scene where Mark Ruffalo is dancing around in his underwear.

With her Kool-Aid colored hair and outsize personality, I think this is probably Kate Winslet’s best performance ever. (She’s so much more vivid than Zooey Deschanel was in a similar role in 500 Days of Summer). Ditto Jim Carrey. In fact, this is a personal best for just about everyone involved, including director Michel Gondry. I keep hoping he’ll get his hands on another great script someday. Should make my list of the best films of the decade.