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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | 2004 | R | - 6.5.7

Jim Carrey stars as Joel, a man desperate to relieve the pain from a recent breakup with his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet). When he discovers that Clementine has literally erased him from her memory by visiting a company that specializes in memory erasure, he endeavors to do the same with his own memories of her. As the procedure begins he realizes that he doesn't want to live without any memory of their time together, and so must fight (within his own mind) to hold onto some reminiscences. Also with Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Michel Gondry. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman climbs on top of a man in bed, and they kiss (they are both clothed). A man masturbates and a woman watches, and his mother comes into the room. A man and a woman lie in bed together and kiss. A younger woman flirts with an older man, they kiss, and his wife sees them through a window. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes, and a woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man and a woman sit together while nude (we see his bare buttocks). A woman in a tank top and panties dances on a bed with a bare-chested man in his shorts. A man grabs a woman's clothed breasts and buttocks. A man and a woman splash around in a large sink full of water (we see their bare shoulders). A woman rests her head on a man's shoulder and touches his hand. A man accuses a woman of using sex to get people to like her, and a man accuses a woman of having sex with other men. A man is bare-chested while changing clothes. A woman wears a thong exposing her buttocks. A woman is shown in her bra exposing cleavage and bare abdomen. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A man talks about having fallen in love with a woman and stealing a pair of her panties.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A boy pounds on a bird with a hammer (we see a glimpse of its broken and bloody body) while other children egg him on. A man and a woman argue in several scenes, and a woman yells at a man in several scenes. A man thrashes and panics while under water in a large sink. A boy holds a pillow over a girl's face, and a woman holds a pillow over a man's face. A man barges into an office and confronts a man, and a woman hits a man in anger. A man is squeezed by a subway car door. We see computer images of brain memory centers being zapped by what looks like a laser. A man's thoughts are visualized as a series of images that include: A car flips and crashes onto a road, a house begins to crumble around a man, and we see a painting of a girl whose body is skeletal. A woman slips and falls on ice. We see a woman's bruised buttock. A woman punches a man in the arm and he winces. A woman talks about having wrecked a man's car and the man accuses her of driving while drunk. A man takes a pill and falls unconscious on the floor. A man and a woman are startled by a man.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 25 F-words, 22 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 7 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 4 religious profanities, 28 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, and smoking tobacco and marijuana.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Memory erasure, random thoughts, meeting new people, stalkers, loneliness, infidelity, impulsive behavior, love, self-fulfilling prophecies, fear, humiliation, intimacy, ethics, phobias, peace of mind.

MESSAGE - Even painful memories help to make us who we are and should be accepted and even embraced.

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