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The Social Network

A 2010 movie directed by David Fincher.

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  • Oct 1, 2010
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THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake

Mark Zuckerberg: There is a difference between being obsessive and being motivated.

With over 500 million members worldwide, Facebook has come a long way since it was just a little social networking site kicking around a few prestigious colleges in the United States.  In fact, I remember quite vividly when I first heard about it.  It came out of nowhere and suddenly everyone I knew was asking why I wasn’t on Facebook yet.  I actually held out.  I had done Friendster and Myspace.  Why did I need this new network to come into my life so I could feign the idea of closeness with people I had neither seen nor thought of for years?  For days, I cursed it to anyone who would listen.  This made it particularly difficult when I actually joined Facebook a few weeks later and started inviting all the people I had complained about it to, to be my friend.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK, or what is affectionately known as “The Facebook Movie”, is not about a bunch of bored office workers or late night loners wasting hours of their lives on Facebook.  That’s about all it isn’t about though.  Screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, has taken the real life story of how Facebook came into existence and turned it into something so much more revealing about human nature.  By walking us through the two lawsuits that Facebook co-creator, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), was served as a result of how he went about co-creating Facebook, Sorkin is able to comment on everything Facebook touches on, directly or indirectly.  Suddenly, a factual account of a civil law suit is able to expose America’s class system as still going strong, our universal fascination with gossip and popularity and the increasingly blurred difference between public and private statement.  Even the inclusion of the lawsuits themselves denounce an American fascination with suing to get even, even when that means suing your best friend.

Fortunately for Sorkin’s ambitious script, David Fincher helms THE SOCIAL NETWORK and I really want to add him as my friend again after THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON made me hide him from my news feed.  (Kidding, David Fincher is not my friend in any capacity).  Fincher has this one though.  He has an incredible awareness of the implications being made by the actions and accents the perfect moments to prove the points subtly and effectively.  He also drives brave, brazen performances from his three young stars.  Justin Timberlake shows dramatic depth as Sean Parker, the creator of Napster.  Andrew Garfield finally shows me why I should give him any notice as Facebook co-creator, Eduardo Saverin.  And Eisenberg, an actor that is oft criticized for being one note, takes what is now his signature whip of a tongue and infuses it with a strong sense of character and understanding.  He plays Zuckerberg as an unstoppable force, driven by a deep-rooted self-hatred.  You want to hate the guy yourself but Eisenberg makes it so you think twice before you do.

One of my original arguments for not joining Facebook was that I thought it enforced a horrible falsehood.  People could remain close virtually and keep up with loved ones without making any actual effort to be a real part of their lives.  It would drive us further apart while making us feel like we were getting closer.  THE SOCIAL NETWORK proves me wrong though.  This fantastic and fascinating piece of filmmaking will unite us all through the one thing all 500 million of us can relate to, our love/hate relationships with Facebook.  And by breaking it all down, he manages to find the heart behind the screen.

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November 07, 2010
Nice review, Joseph. I held out for a long time from joining FB too. I finally made my way over there to connect with a Canadian friend of mine. Feel free to check out my review here: http://lunch.com/t/5msp
 
October 04, 2010
Just coming back to make comment after I saw the movie, Joseph. Your crack about Fincher and Benjamin Button has me laughing LOL! I am glad that I wasn't the only one who liked Timberlake's performance. That said, I have yet to make a FaceBook page LOL! nice review! I gave this one a 4.5--but I was tempted to give it a 5. ;)
October 04, 2010
Good for you on holding out on the FB page. I know one other person now that doesn't have one. That's three people in total. And I know a lot of people. I mean, I have 665 FB friends. ;)
 
October 03, 2010
Whoa, +5? This sounds great! I wasn't going to catch it, but you make it sound pretty entertaining, so I just might. Thanks for sharing!
October 03, 2010
Rolling Stone didn't call it the movie of the year for nothing! Enjoy.
 
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review by . December 15, 2010
Unlike the many people who are part of a social network to me I felt socially awkward seeing The Social Network with my family since the movie plays differently for me than my genetically connected counterparts. For those of you who don't have a computer and have been living in a cave in the middle of nowhere The Social Network is the semi-realistic tale of Mark Zuckerberg, a sophomore at Harvard who, after a post dumped drunken escapade creates a little website called Facebook. Ah Facebook …
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review by . August 20, 2011
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review by . March 16, 2011
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The Social Network is a 2010 drama film directed by David Fincher about the founding of the social networking website Facebook. The film features an ensemble cast, which consists of Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara and Armie Hammer.

The film was written by Aaron Sorkin and adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and is set for an October 1, 2010 release. None of the Facebook staff, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, will be involved with the project. One of the co-founders, Eduardo Saverin, was a consultant for Mezrich's book.  The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures and was released on October 1, 2010.

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Director: David Fincher
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 01, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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