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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind the other night. I’m a big fan of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman so I had high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed. I thought this was a terrific movie and plan to see it again. I’m not a fan of Jim Carrey but he’s good here; toned down drastically from his usual shtick. Carrey’s character, Joel discovers that his girlfriend has opted for a medical procedure that erases any hint of Joel from her memory. He elects to have the procedure performed on him. The exchange with the doctor before the procedure (which appears in the trailer) is pretty funny:

Joel: Is there any risk of brain damage?

Dr. Mierzwiak: Technically the procedure is brain damage. But it’s on a par with a night of heavy drinking. Nothing you’ll miss.

The main characters are typical Kaufman creations. If you enjoyed Being John Malkovich or Adaptation, you’ll likely enjoy this film as well.

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