VIDEO: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

In this installment of Mr. Mendo Pisses Off the Entire Internet, Mendo takes on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the much-beloved mind-trippy tale of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy pays to have girl erased from his memories, boy meets girl again due to some combination of magic, sorcery, and telepathy. Sure, there are worse movies in the world to review, but as true fans of film, we here at the Agony Booth feel it’s our duty to cover films of all stripes and sorts.

Also, watch for special cameos by some of the other Agony Booth video reviewers! Well.. all of the other Agony Booth video reviewers.

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  • Cristiona

    Wow. Love slaughtering those sacred cows, huh? I watched this on a date and it was kinda cute, but odd. Still, I didn’t mind it that much, but you’re pretty spot on with your criticisms; I guess they were just kinda lurking in the back of my mind. Still, calling it “just okay” pretty much sums it up.

    Also, I’m not sure what happened this time around, but your audio is a lot more muddied. Like you’ve got a hangover-fueled slug tongue and are talking too fast.

    Nice use of cameos, too. Reminds me that we need more Stan Ferguson.

    • Be careful what you wish for!

  • The Crazy Fish

    One of the things I’ve learned from arguing with people on the internet is that there are certain words and phrases that you have to just tune out. While these words do have meanings and may in fact represent serious problems with society, they’re far more often thrown around by people who don’t know what they mean to try and demonize you because they can’t argue against what you’re saying. Possibly the three most ignore-worthy phrases out there right now are “racist,” “douchebag,” and “emotionally immature.”

    That said, I have to say that I once again absolutely agree with you, Mendo, and that you have actually nailed down pretty much the textbook example of the phrase. Yes, certainly, two people who are so incapable of dealing with rejection that they would rather erase their own memories than cope with the fact that someone doesn’t like them, yes, those people are emotionally immature.

    Nonetheless, I kind of have one problem with your “immaturity” rant at the end of the video. That is, you seem to be trying to imply that the movie is pro-emotional immaturity. Forgive me if I just don’t get it, as I’ve not seen this movie, but if the movie was supposed to be encouraging emotional immaturity, then wouldn’t it have made more sense for them to have the mind-wipe thing work out perfectly fine?

    As it stands, being emotionally immature HURTS these two more than it helps them. Are you forgetting that having this process done enables a sleazy asshole to take advantage of Clem and trick her into dating him? Are you forgetting that one of the characters spends half the movie trying to stop the process from happening because he realized it was wrong?

    If anything, the message seems to be that the pain is worth it, and that emotional immaturity hurts you. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that the movie seems a little too artsy for its own good, and that the Montauk plot point makes no sense, but to me the argument that the movie (and anyone who likes it) is pro-emotional immaturity…that just don’t seem to hold water.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Well, the tone of the film does seem to imply that there may have been benefits after-all to the process, allow me to expose what went on behind the scenes: in the original draft, me hammering on that was a constant theme, to the point where it became completely ridiculous. I realized this about halfway through and, since I rarely let an opportunity for a joke go, turned it into a running gag, the idea being, “Yeah, Mendo’s right about the movie, but he’s also being a complete hypocrite.” However, during the drafting, Albert pointed out that, if people didn’t catch on, the episode would just seem repetitive. So, we condensed it and moved it to the end.

      Personally, I think that, having added the R2D2 gag (which was an ad-lib, by the way), my original intention (being right but contradicting myself) is a little more clear.

      That’s just me, though…

  • Good video, good points, and good soundtrack to go with ’em… but I’m still annoyed as to being forced to use this DisqUs-ting format to comment on it…

  • I’m with you on this one 100%. In fact, I may be the Charlie Kauffman anti-fan. Though, to be fair, I have never seen Adaptation. But I have witnessed Synecdoche, NY and my brain has yet to forgive me.

    So what I’m trying to say is…thanks for this.

  • Mysticfett

    Well, I have kinda a complicated relationship with this movie. This was one of the first movies that my husband and I watched when we started dating. I mostly wanted to show it to him to prove that Yes, Jim Carrey can actually act if he wanted to. He pointed out all the similarities to ourselves and the protagonists. He’s the shy loser that I had to all but force to go out on a date. I dye my hair all kinds of retarded colors (still do.) We’ve both been in relationships that we wished we could forget (but not to each other, yet). But I never broke into a house.

    I guess that was one of the first times he and I really had the discussion about “us,” that puts this movies in a better light for me instead of it just being that trippy flick i saw in college.

    But….I might be a manic pixie dream girl. I don’t know how I feel about that.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Well, on the bright side, you exist in real life, and are therefore capable of making rational decisions. As I said, this film had a lot of good ideas, and I did try very hard to like it, but there was just so much missed potential…

  • Rmlohner

    Despite my participation here, I really love this movie. I completely emphasize with Carrey, and it’s pretty much his only serious role where he doesn’t seem to be shouting “Look, I’m ACTING now!”

  • Gasmaskangel

    God I love California Uberales

  • I think your spot on at the end. If you just erase the emotionally devestating moments in your life you never learn to cope with the ones that are always coming after it. What’s more, since you won’t remember this service, you’re just setting yourself up for more pain later on.

  • Brian O’Connell

    In my case, after watching it, I deleted it, because it was crap.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Oh, be nice…

  • Mad Elf

    Not that I disagree with the sentiment as applied to this film, but where exactly does Wedding Peach ever lose internal consistency?

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Well, Momoko’s relationship with Yousuke hits a huge reset button about a third of the way through the series for no adequately explained reason, but, most importantly, why does an attack that mortally wounds demons and instantly kills minor monsters only turn the lowly Jamas good?

      Man, I love me some Wedding Peach…

  • Reifgrimm

    They set out to try again a relationship Clementine had decided was bad enough to completely erase from her memory forever?

    What could possibly go wrong…


    charlie kaufman is an overrated hack.