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The Social Network

2010

PG-13 CC

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

Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara
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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 28, 2010
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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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What you get with The Social Network is the most fascinating character study since The Conversation. The Social Network is about the creators of Facebook, specifically a young man named Mark Zuckerberg, as portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg, who's successes only amplify his guarded insecurity and social ineptitude. Many proponents and critical champions of the film have had the gaul to herald The Social Network as my generation's Citizen Kane. Well... I think that's a completely accurate statement to make. Even I agree with them. It actually is my generation's Citizen Kane. The themes and nods are all there. Hearst as Zuckerberg, right down to the sled. Refresh, refresh, refresh. The Social Network is a very touching and revealing character study about a troubled young man who will become wholly emblematic of his time and place.

"You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount."

The film opens with a lengthy scene of dialogue between Mark and his girlfriend. What's so unique about it is that you have to listen closely because the scene is jumbled with the chatter of a murmuring pub. And you can hear the background noise louder than you would like to have it or have been used to hearing it in other films. It's almost like we're right there with them, listening in. It's hard to hear comfortably at parts but I find that decision enthralling. Director David Fincher is trying to tell us something here, he's trying to prepare his audience. He's telling them to listen up and pay attention because this movie demands it. He uses this same tool later on in the film at a night club where Mark is being taken under the wing of a character with questionable motives. Fincher says once again, listen closely. This is a scene that demands concentration.
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My favorite movie of all time. The dialogue is witty, the characters are interesting, the cinematography is beautiful, the soundtrack (created by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross) is excellent, and the direction is impeccable. Fincher's movies are consistently top notch, and this is no exception.
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I liked the movie. Thought it really got across well the personality of a very bright, ambitious but insecure and egotistical computer person who gets his extraordinary success at the cost of trampling collaborators and a girlfriend. Of course he's very young - just a college kid - and somewhat drunk a lot of the time; anyone could have made some of the same kinds of mistakes in his situation. The film is a bit like a moral tale is showing you that you've got to stay away from the internet when upset and beery. It also shows how central creator characters forget that they had collaborators as their projects gain traction. They only see their contributions. But, hey, a pretty amazing website was born and nobody got killed, just a couple of relationships, and, in the end, Zuckerberg made things right, apparently, in the legal settlements. I wondered about whether the twins really were responsible for the idea, since, in all that time they never did a project like that themselves. Not sure they really had a case against Zuckerberg.
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Nice evocation of that curious wonderland where genius and pathology intersect, and where friendship, love, and the more meaningful human emotions get pushed so far into the background as to appear like fuzzy dots on the horizon. It's fascinating and ironic to see how that fount of modern social connectivity--Facebook--was the brainchild of so much of one man's narcissism.
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