The Social Network 2010 PG-13 CC

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A story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook.

Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield
Runtime:
2 hours 1 minute

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The Social Network

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Genres Drama
Director David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield
Supporting actors Bryan Barter, Dustin Fitzsimons, Joseph Mazzello, Patrick Mapel, Andrew Garfield, Toby Meuli, Alecia Svensen, Jami Owen, James Dastoli, Robert Dastoli, Scotty Crowe, Jayk Gallagher, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Trevor Wright, Barry Livingston, Marybeth Massett, Randy Evans, Denise Grayson
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

Good movie, great cast, and the characters are very well created.
Roxana Espinoza Berlanga
Having never been a fan of David Fincher's work, I was knocked out by the quality of his visual story telling in this film.
Jack Be Quick
Here the review: Anyone who thinks that this is just a movie about Facebook knows very little about film.
Matthew Pittman

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Format: DVD
Director David Fincher is back in fighting form! Those fearing he may have lost some of his bite with the ponderous "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" or the disappointing returns of the criminally overlooked "Zodiac" need not worry. "The Social Network" is a caustically funny and incredibly contemporary look at the evolution of Facebook. Playing like a thriller and a blisteringly dark comedy, this terrific film may be Fincher's most sophisticated piece to date (and certainly his most riveting since the days of "Seven" and "Fight Club"). On paper, "The Social Network" might not sound exhilarating but with the perfect screenwriter (Aaron Sorkin) and the perfect cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer)--Fincher's tale of betrayal, pride, and avarice has become one of this year's must see films.

While I'm sure that everyone knows the subject matter of "The Social Network"--very briefly, the film's plot construction is structured as two pieces of litigation are being brought against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (played with intensity by Eisenberg). One lawsuit is from his former business partner and best friend--a co-founder of the original website who got systematically squeezed out. The other is by a trio of Harvard grads (Armie Hammer plays 2 of the 3, they're twins, in a starmaking performance!) who claim Zuckerberg stole the idea from them after he was hired to create an exclusive dating site. Seen through these concurrent cases, deftly edited with flashback footage, the full picture starts to unravel. From Zuckerberg's social ineptitude, but superior intellect, a social revolution was born.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ric03 on April 3, 2011
Format: DVD
This was much better than I expected it to be (I expected it -- like Zuckerberg himself -- to be annoying!) It's true, for the first half an hour or so (as you acclimatise to the Harvard setting, and Zuckerberg's petty hostility toward (and inability to interact with) the social side of campus life) it is as annoying as expected, but you do get involved and it does become a great film.

Everything is very well shot: the campus atmosphere captured perfectly and the acting is first rate (especially Andrew Garfield as -- the only character who is really likeable -- Eduardo Saverin). It doesn't really follow a standard plot -- the story of how Facebook was founded (and how quickly it became a global success) is interspersed with two subsequent lawsuits against Zuckerberg -- though it is simple enough to follow. I think the main reason this works (as others have mentioned -- as well as the excellent direction by Fincher) is that Zuckerberg (and most of his peers) are portrayed as being just as irresponsible and foolish as you expect them to be! This isn't the story of how a genius founded a global empire, but of how someone with little social skills managed (through a combination of hard work, other peoples ideas (largely stolen) and sheer luck) managed to revolutionise the Social Networking phenomenon. It portrays him as a dedicated professional and programming genius, but with little charisma or morality. If it had tried to idolise him, then it would probably have lost me early on; as I say, after the first 30 minutes, I was totally riveted.

It's not necessarily something you will watch often, but you will be glad you watched. In a nuthsell: you'll probably enjoy it much more and it will irritate you much less than you thought it would. It won't make you "like" Facebook or Zuckerberg if you don't already, but you will at least gain satisfaction (in this version of events) that it was set up by annoying pratts!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Flores on January 15, 2011
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This is hands down my favorite movie of the year. As much as I loved Inception, I favored this one over it. It's much more than a movie about Facebook. It is a tale of friendship, greed, and betrayal. I can't explain what made it so great. It's just a really good movie. The entire cast did an incredible job of portraying the people depicted. It's very hard for me to describe the entire plot. Don't walk away from this movie. It's worth seeing for everyone.
The only bad thing about this movie, is the case. The cover slips right off after taking off the plastic. After that, you're left with a black case with the text from the movie poster. While it sounds cool, it's annoying. I found it very hard to take the movie out of the case. I had to spread the case to take the movie out, thus possibly damaging the case. I would have much rather preferred to have the simple black case. I have it out for whoever designed the case.
Either way, it's a great movie that will be sure to pull you in. I never lost interest. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 24, 2011
Format: DVD
I have very mixed - feelings about this movie. It has some very witty and quick- paced dialogue. The key - courtroom scene in which the Zuckenberg character played by Jesse Eisenberg answers the Attorney of the Winklevosses is brilliant. Here the leading character makes his strongest self- defense and really expresses his credo. The world he is making is one in which it the Imaginative and Creative are the winners and masters. The 'elite' he represents an elite of merit in a sense revenges itself and puts down the 'elite' of 'money' and 'traditional privilege'. The nerdy guy outplays and outthinks the super- Old - Line giants.
But there is too much ugliness and too my mind, immorality in the story to give additional pleasure. The ugly side of the Zuckenberg -Facebook story is the betrayal of the friend co- founder, and the racing after the fast- lane values of the Napster founder- Sean Parker character. There is too the ugliness involved in the initial impulse for the founding of the Social Network which is presented ( I understand non- accurately) as having come from the Zuckenberg character's being rejected by a girl he has been dating.
The presentation of the permissive and hedonistic world of both the academic elite at Harvard, and the business elite at 'Facebook' adds to the sense of frivolousness and superficiality.
It is difficult to have any real sense of some great moral message and meaning in the creation of 'Facebook' from watching this movie.The movie itself seems to be a successful effort at telling a story of Success in which the price of Success is betrayal of friendship and deeper human values.
Superficiality and cleverness triumph, as does pleasure and amusement.
So I can say I have very mixed feelings about the Movie. A slickly done job in which Slickness is criticized but nothing very Substantial is presented in its place.
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