Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

by Jay HOLLEY
 

Reviewers will rave about how clever and inventive this script is, like they did with Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. Writer Charlie Kaufman’s going to laugh all the way to the bank and Oscar ceremony with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind because once again he got a Stoner’s Wacky Movie Idea made into a slick, enjoyable flick.

Guy smoking pot: DUDE! What if there was a movie where, like, there was a door into some guy’s head?! Second guy, joint passed to him: DUDE! What if it was that guy (points to Malcovich on their television screen, playing a baddie in Con Air). Dude. Dude!

Same story with Eternal Sunshine: Dude I hate that girl, she’s so, she’s so. It’s like she was just, hello, what do you want. Second dude: sucks, man. Too bad you can’t just erase here. First dude: DUDE! What if you could! Second dude: Dude, that’d be an awesome movie.

Jim Carrey has truly turned into a top-shelf actor, and Kate Winslet is almost believable as the capricious love interest. Elijah Wood continues to creep me out, but his character is supposed to be creepy so I can’t fault the director for typecasting. I wish there were more gratuitous scenes of Kirsten Dunst jumping around in her underwear—ten is not enough—but a movie can’t have everything, I guess. All around excellent.

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