Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) is a lonely and reserved man, who on a whim, decides not to go to work and hops a train to the beach in the middle of the winter. At the beach he meets Clementine (Kate Winslet) and the two seem to be taken by each other and talk all the way back home on the train. Joel and Clementine fall in love and have some amazing times but their relationship eventually falls apart. When Clementine leaves Joel he tries to apologize to her and discovers that she had a medical procedure done to remove him from her memory. Frustrated and upset Joel makes a quick decision to complete the procedure as well to remove the memory of Clementine. The procedure takes an entire day and Joel relives each of his memories with Clementine as they are erased from his memory. Joel realizes that the entire procedure is a mistake and tries desperately to retain some memory of Clementine. The ending of the film is brilliantly put together and I will not spoil it for you.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is arguably the best Jim Carrey drama movie that he has done. Learn more about the actors and the characters that they portrayed in this amazing film.
Jim Carrey as Joel Barish
Jim Carrey plays the subdued character of Joel Barish who is taken on a sensory journey to retain the memory of his girlfriend Clementine. The character of Joel was a great dramatic stretch for Carrey and was one of his great dramatic acting performances. Prior to his role as Joel Barish, Jim Carrey played Bruce Nolan in the film Bruce Almighty.
Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski
Kate Winslet was brilliant as the quirky and free spirited Clementine. The acting duo of Winslet and Carrey provided great romantic chemistry to this intellectual drama. Winslet played Bitsey Bloom in the movie The Life of David Gale prior to her role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Mark Ruffalo as Stan
Mark Ruffalo played Stan who was one of the three assistants to Frank who was responsible for the memory deletion procedure. Stan had a romantic interest in his partner Mary played by Kirsten Dunst. Ruffalo played Jack Linden in We Don’t Live Here Anymore prior to playing the role of Stan.
Kirsten Dunst as Mary
The beautiful Kirsten Dunst played Mary who was not only an assistant to Frank but also a previous romantic partner to him. Dunst’s role in the film is not as prominent as appeared in the previews. Prior to her role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Dunst played Betty Warren in the 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.
More notable Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind movie cast members include:
Elijah Wood as Patrick
Thomas Jay Ryan as Frank
Gerry Robert Byrne as Train Conductor
Jane Adams as Carrie
David Cross as Rob
Tom Wilkinson as Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
Ryan Whitney as Young Joel
Debbon Ayer as Joel’s MotherIf you are looking for a great dramatic romance movie look no further than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In my opinion this is the best Jim Carrey drama movie ever made. If you want to learn more about the film check out the Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind movie review. You can also check out this great resource for all Jim Carrey movies.