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Fool Me Once: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

By MochaCappuccino, N. Bethesda, MD

It’s true what they say: Things are not always as they seem. Take the 2004 film, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. A movie with such an innocuous and unassuming title reveals itself to be an emotionally riveting rollercoaster ride. The movie focuses on the relationship of Joel Barish, middle-aged, mild, and moderate, and Clementine Kruczynski, whose personality is as mercurial and unpredictable as her ever-changing hair color. They meet at a rainy beach called Montauk after Joel Barish inexplicably ditches work. During the ride home, the affection the two hold toward each other becomes more and more evident. After an unofficial first date, there is a tacit understanding between the audience, Clementine, and Joel of a hookup. Huzzah! It seems the happy ending the movie’s title suggested just might come true.

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