As you can probably tell, today’s double feature has a running theme of “medicine going too far.”

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Jim Carrey as Joel Barish
Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski
Kirsten Dunst as Mary
Elijah Wood as Patrick

Written by Charlie Kaufman, Michael Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth. (Only Kaufman worked on the script; the others just worked on the story.)
Directed by Michael Gondry

Complete information is available from the IMDB.

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Premise

Two people decide the best way to end a relationship is to erase their
memories of each other.

High Point

The first private conversation between the technicians. Very
amusing.

Low Point

Jim Carrey acting the way Jim Carrey acts for the last 40 minutes.

The Scores

This is an original and interesting concept, particularly
since they decided to make the movie a comedy. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects are minimal, but effective. Most of them take
place within a person’s memories, so they don’t need to look quite
right to suit the film. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story was nicely written, adding completely new depths to
the introduction as the film goes on. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was very good in the first hour. When his
character first tries to “wake up,” we see the return of the Jim
Carrey that usually keeps me away from his movies. Unfortunately,
that’s the Jim Carrey that sticks around for most of the rest of the
picture. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was good. It’s very amusing, and
still thought provoking. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was excellent, with a distinct art house
style. Carrey needed a leash, but I have no other complaints. I give
it 5 out of 6.

Overall, in spite of Carrey, it’s a great movie, and well
worth seeing. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind receives 35
out of 42.