History Film / EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind

18th Sep '17 5:36:44 PM eroock
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** Joel's bedside table has a copy of Dante's Literature/TheDivineComedy on it - appropriate for both plot and theme.

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** Joel's bedside table has a copy of Dante's Literature/TheDivineComedy ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' on it - appropriate for both plot and theme.
17th Sep '17 3:04:28 AM Doug86
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** Joel's bedside table has a copy of Dante's TheDivineComedy on it- appropriate for both plot and theme.

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** Joel's bedside table has a copy of Dante's TheDivineComedy Literature/TheDivineComedy on it- it - appropriate for both plot and theme.
18th Jul '17 6:23:02 PM zorander936
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** Joel's bedside table has a copy of TheDivineComedy by Dante on it- appropriate for both plot and theme.

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** Joel's bedside table has a copy of Dante's TheDivineComedy by Dante on it- appropriate for both plot and theme.
18th Jul '17 6:21:52 PM zorander936
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** Joel's bedside table has a copy of TheDivineComedy by Dante on it- appropriate for both plot and theme.
14th Jul '17 10:15:47 AM benda
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* RewatchBonus: Once you've watched the film once, your experience of the opening scene on the train will never be the same.
23rd Jun '17 3:47:09 PM fearlessnikki
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** [[spoiler:Mary for Dr. Mierzwiak.]]

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** [[spoiler:Mary for Dr. Mierzwiak. In the deleted scenes it's revealed he pressured her into aborting his baby.]]



* BetaCouple: Mary and Dr. Mierzwiak. Also Rob and Carrie who are Joel's best friends and showcase similar relationship issues Joel has with Clementine.

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* BetaCouple: BerserkButton: When Joel accuses Clementine of fucking people to get them to like her, she storms out of the apartment and officially breaks things off with him.
* BetaCouple:
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Mary and Dr. Mierzwiak. Also Rob Stan, who both work at Lacuna and Carrie who are seeing each other. [[spoiler: Then it's revealed that Mary was previously with Howard]].
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Joel's best friends Rob and showcase Carrie, who experience similar relationship issues Joel has with to he and Clementine.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Joel and Clem discover they wiped one another from their memories and, listening to their pre-wipe tapes, learn they ended up hating everything about each other. Despite this, and the fact that their relationship will probably end up in same, they decide to start over and try again.]]
** According to WordOfGod , one idea for the course of their relationship was they would get together, break up, wipe their memories, and start over multiple times.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Joel and Clem discover they wiped one another from their memories and, listening to their pre-wipe tapes, learn they ended up hating everything about each other. Despite this, and the fact that their relationship will probably end up in same, they decide to start over and try again.]]
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]] According to WordOfGod , WordOfGod, one idea for the course of their relationship was they would get together, break up, wipe their memories, and start over multiple times.



* BrickJoke:
** In their break-up scene, Clementine comes in drunk saying she may have damaged the car. After their blazing row and her storming out, Joel follows her. When he tries to drive after her, he has to remove the car from a fire hydrant.
** When Clementine and Joel meet at the start of the movie, she asks him not to joke about "Huckleberry Hound", and he doesn't know it because it's been erased from his memory. When we see their true first meeting, the song is the first thing Joel says when he hears her name.



* ChristmasCake: At one point Clementine freaks out and says "I'm getting old". Kate Winslet was around thirty when the film was made.



* {{Deconstruction}}: The film deconstructs the romantic comedy genre simply by showing the events of the weeks and months after Joel and Clementine fall in love. Even more than that, the AnachronicOrder we see things in is the ''normal'' order of a RomanticComedy -- first fighting, then falling in love -- when really these happened in ''reverse'' order as the two fell out of love.
** Also functions as a DeconReconSwitch; it's during the deconstruction of their relationship that we see why they fell for each other in the first place... and then they do so again by the end of the film.
** Clementine herself is a deconstruction of the ManicPixieDreamGirl trope. See the entry below.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: The film deconstructs the romantic comedy genre simply by showing the events of the weeks and months after Joel and Clementine fall in love. Even more than that, the AnachronicOrder we see things in is the ''normal'' order of a RomanticComedy -- first fighting, then falling in love -- when really these happened in ''reverse'' order as the two fell out of love.
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love. Also functions as a DeconReconSwitch; it's during the deconstruction of their relationship that we see why they fell for each other in the first place... and then they do so again by the end of the film.
** Clementine herself is a deconstruction of the ManicPixieDreamGirl trope. See the entry below.
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* {{Fanservice}}:
** As Joel is about to have the procedure done, there's a quick sequence of him changing into his pyjamas - just to show Jim Carrey shirtless.
** In another scene where Clementine is changing for a party, she walks into the room in her bra and ''then'' pulls the dress on.
** Mary and Stan also spend a good portion of the second act in their underwear.



* IAmNotPretty: Clementine has severe body image issues and at one point calls Patrick because she's freaking out about her looks.



* InformedAttribute: At the end of the film, when the audience hears the tape of Joel explaining why he wants to erase Clementine, he lists off several of her perceived flaws (among others, her poor vocabulary, her lack of education and how she thinks she can only get people to like her by having sex with them or dangling the possibility in front of them), none of which Clementine is ever seen possessing. That being said, Clementine gets particularly defensive about the last point and asserts that it isn't the case, suggesting that Joel may be something of an UnreliableNarrator.

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* InformedAttribute: InformedAttribute:
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At the end of the film, when the audience hears the tape of Joel explaining why he wants to erase Clementine, he lists off several of her perceived flaws (among others, her poor vocabulary, her lack of education and how she thinks she can only get people to like her by having sex with them or dangling the possibility in front of them), none of which Clementine is ever seen possessing. That being said, Clementine gets particularly defensive about the last point and asserts that it isn't the case, suggesting that Joel may be something of an UnreliableNarrator.



* JustTrainWrong: The big UsefulNotes/LongIslandRailRoad logos on the train cars don't hide the red stripes that are the distinctive livery of Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, which serves Connecticut and southern Westchester County.

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* JustTrainWrong: JustTrainWrong:
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The big UsefulNotes/LongIslandRailRoad logos on the train cars don't hide the red stripes that are the distinctive livery of Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, which serves Connecticut and southern Westchester County.



* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The page quote, from Alexander Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard".

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The page quote, from Alexander Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard". Mary directly quotes from it late in the film.



* MaybeEverAfter: The ending.

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* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: The ending.movie ends with Joel and Clementine discovering that they erased each other. It's left ambiguous as to whether they'll give their relationship another go. They have been destructive in the past and it's likely it could end badly - as it would have in a different ending. But throughout the process, Joel realises he does love her and tries to prevent it, so it's possible they could have learned from their mistakes]].



* ModestyBedsheet

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* ModestyBedsheetModestyBedsheet: During any love scenes, Clementine is covered by the bed sheets.



* MsFanservice: Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst get many nice underwear shots.

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* MsFanservice: Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst get many nice underwear shots.MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Prior to their break-up, Clementine says she wants to have a baby. Joel scoffs that she wouldn't be able to raise one.



* NoAntagonist: Joels's challenge is how he can make the memory wiping process stop.

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* NoAntagonist: Joels's Joel's challenge is how he can make the memory wiping process stop.stop. Although Stan is the one doing the wiping, he has no idea that Joel has changed his mind.



* ScrewDestiny: We learn when we finish seeing the memory erasure that [[spoiler:Joel managed to implant the suggestion to go back to Montauk]] despite the memory rewrite -- and [[spoiler:Clementine's appearance on the same train]] suggests that [[spoiler:she may have done the same]].

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* ScrewDestiny: ScrewDestiny:
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We learn when we finish seeing the memory erasure that [[spoiler:Joel managed to implant the suggestion to go back to Montauk]] despite the memory rewrite -- and [[spoiler:Clementine's appearance on the same train]] suggests that [[spoiler:she may have done the same]].



* SlutShaming: Joel doing this to Clementine is what prompts their break-up.



* StalkerWithACrush: Discussed. Clem asks Joel if he is a stalker when he offers her a lift home from the metro. He replies that it was her coming on to him in the first place which she calls "[[PlausibleDeniability the oldest trick in the stalker book]]".

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* StalkerWithACrush: StalkerWithACrush:
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Discussed. Clem asks Joel if he is a stalker when he offers her a lift home from the metro. He replies that it was her coming on to him in the first place which she calls "[[PlausibleDeniability the oldest trick in the stalker book]]".
** Patrick counts as a straight example. He is essentially seducing Clementine with passages from Joel's journals, and even gives her a present Joel had bought for Valentine's Day.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Had Joel and Clementine gone to counselling of some kind, there would probably be no movie.



* YourCheatingHeart: Joel and Clementine's relationship starts off this way - Joel has a live-in girlfriend named Naomi when meets Clementine and is all but ready to cheat with her from their first moment. Some unknown time afterward, Clementine outright tells him she won't be his other woman and that he has to break up with his girlfriend in order to be with her.

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* YourCheatingHeart: YourCheatingHeart:
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Joel and Clementine's relationship starts off this way - Joel has a live-in girlfriend named Naomi when meets Clementine and is all but ready to cheat with her from their first moment. Some unknown time afterward, Clementine outright tells him she won't be his other woman and that he has to break up with his girlfriend in order to be with her.
13th Jun '17 8:19:00 AM torrent29
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* BreakTheCutie: Mary is initially sweet, cheerful and lively, but becomes very depressed when she learns that [[spoiler:she'd already had a relationship with Howard and had the memory erased at his insistence.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Mary is initially sweet, cheerful and lively, but becomes very depressed when she learns that [[spoiler:she'd already had a relationship with Howard and had the memory erased at his insistence.]][[spoiler:and worse yet in a deleted scene, its revealed that Howard also convinced her to have an abortion.]]
22nd Apr '17 11:53:45 PM PaulA
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* NotSoSmallRole: It seems odd that Creator/KirstenDunst has such a small part as the receptionist at Lacuna Inc. [[spoiler:It turns out she had an affair with Howard and had her memories erased too. And it's her who sends everyone their tapes to get their memories back]].
9th Apr '17 3:03:37 PM needsanewhobby
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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Clem's hair is blue, green, purple and orange at different points.
8th Dec '16 3:43:30 AM Bagpiper
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** A love letter from Clem to Joel briefly appears that can only be read if you pause the movie and look really closely.
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