Cracked relationships can be a tired premise in cinema, particularly within the scope of linear storytelling. This is why, presumably, director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman have constructed a love story in such a unique fashion.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tells the story of Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), who finds out that his girlfriend of 2 years, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has recently undergone a procedure which erases him from her memory. Although their relationship is rocky at the moment, Joel is still crushed and so decides to undergo the memory-erasing procedure himself. We watch his memories with Clementine play out in reversechronological order, and as Joel gets closer to the good times he had with her, he begins to regret his decision, but now it might be too late.
As fun as it is to experience the twisted narrative unfold, the film, in its attempt to present a cliché concept in a unique fashion, misses a big emotional mark.