My friend Rachel told me to go ASAP, and so I did--I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this evening.
The best science fiction film I've seen in years, and definitely the best romantic comedy/science fiction film. It's just marvelous.
If you still need convincing, check out Edelstein's review. The pull quote from his review:
In that instant, maybe halfway through, the picture transforms into a different kind of story, in which the object is not to let go of one's memories but hang onto them, whatever the cost. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is like a topsy-turvy Orpheus and Eurydice, in which the hero must look back—and back and back—or his beloved will be lost forever.
That's true, and it's a great film.
Addendum: my friend Dennis writes from Vancouver:
The whole movie takes place in my home town--Rockville Centre New York,
and is eerily reminiscent (minus the mind-erasure) or the Jenny breakup
that threw me cross country. In one scene, at Montauk, he's sitting in
front of the hotel I spent my Prom Night in.
I was severely creeped out and awestruck at the same time. What a film!