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The Social Network (2010)

aka The Social Network

"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

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Details: 120 mins · English, French · PG-13 (USA)

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(Review written in 2010)

Armie Hammer’s performance deserves a lot more credit than I’ve heard him be given for it. Imagine how difficult it must be to play two characters and never let on – getting both of them completely down – facial expressions, even voice changes. And he’s wonderful in the part. His characters are easily the most quotable parts of the film and the technology that allows him to be two people is almost seamless. Then there’s Justin Timberlake, who’s gotten a lot of attention for his role. I don’t know if it’s just Justin Timberlake whose arrogance and holier-than-thou attitude that bothers me (although, overall, I do kind of like him) or if it’s his choice of making his character sound like he’s simultaneously whispering and talking to a two-year-old, but I wasn’t as impressed with his acting as everyone else was. (But, meh, he did an all right job.) Andrew Garfield is a stunner in his role. He’s the only character who comes off as a bit of a martyr to me (althoug...(more)

(Review written in 2010)

Armie Hammer’s performance deserves a lot more credit than I’ve heard him be given for it. Imagine how difficult it must be to play two characters and never let on – getting both of them completely down – facial expressions, even voice changes. And he’s wonderful in the part. His characters are easily the most quotable parts of the film and the technology that allows him to be two people is almost seamless. Then there’s Justin Timberlake, who’s gotten a lot of attention for his role. I don’t know if it’s just Justin Timberlake whose arrogance and holier-than-thou attitude that bothers me (although, overall, I do kind of like him) or if it’s his choice of making his character sound like he’s simultaneously whispering and talking to a two-year-old, but I wasn’t as impressed with his acting as everyone else was. (But, meh, he did an all right job.) Andrew Garfield is a stunner in his role. He’s the only character who comes off as a bit of a martyr to me (although he has his own faults) and he plays it with such sensitivity and love for Mark that it’s almost hard to pull him apart from his character. And his lines where he’s upset are so real and charged that you almost believe Andrew Garfield and Eduardo are the same person. Jesse Eisenberg, who I’ve deservedly saved for last, plays a part that I’ve never seen him in for any of his other movies. (I should go ahead and say that I’ve never seen Adventureland, so…) He’s quick-tongued and sharp, leaving barbs every time he speaks, and he speaks a lot in this film. His face is always perfect (Oh, God, that sounds creepy) at displaying the right amount of contempt and curiosity. And if the actors weren’t all perfect, the script still would be. There are so many clever, witty passages that it’s really hard to name a favorite. I just love this movie. (And it has a perfect trailer, too.) (less)

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Really interesting movie, but I seriously wonder how authentic it is! Mark really wasn't a very nice person, that's for sure!

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Good

Probably the only biographical movie I can watch again and again.

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Cast:

Small Mark Zuckerberg
Small Eduardo Saverin
Small Sean Parker
Small Erica
Small Billy Olsen
Small Phoenix Club President
Small Cameron Winklevoss / Tyler Winklevoss
Small Dustin Moskovitz
Small Chris Hughes
Small Divya Narendra
Small Phoenix Member Playing Facemash
Small Alice
Small Christy Lee
Small Amelia Ritter
Small B.U. Guy in Bra
Small Gretchen's Associate
Small Marylin Delpy
Small Maurice
Small Sy
No_movie_poster Erica's Roommate
No_movie_poster Mr. Cox
Small K.C.
Small Sorority Girl
Small Ad Executive
Small Tyler Winklevoss
No_movie_poster Ad Board Chairwoman
No_movie_poster K.C.'s Friend
Small Will Johnson
No_movie_poster Bob
No_movie_poster Gage
Small Peter Thiel
No_movie_poster Mr. Kenwright
No_movie_poster Larry Summers
No_movie_poster Larry Summers' Secretary
No_movie_poster Reggie
No_movie_poster Tina
No_movie_poster Brian
Small Josh Thompson
Small Regatta Spectator
Small Tori
No_movie_poster Stoned Girl

Crew:

Small Kevin Spacey Executive Producer
Small Scott Rudin Producer
Small Trent Reznor Music
No_movie_poster Michael De Luca Producer
Small David Fincher Director
No_movie_poster Ceán Chaffin Producer
Small Aaron Sorkin Screenplay
No_movie_poster Tom Abrams Camera Supervisor
Small Dana Brunetti Producer
No_movie_poster Ben Mezrich Novel
Small Atticus Ross Music
No_movie_poster Ben Mezrich Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Angus Wall Editing

Taglines:

"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

Plot:

In 2003, Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is dumped by his girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara). While drinking in his dorm room later that night, Mark insults Erica on his blog and creates an on-campus website called Facemash. This website allows users to rate the attractiveness of female students and uses pilfered photographs. Mark receives six months of academic probation after traffic to the site crashes parts of Harvard's network. Facemash's popularity brings Mark to the attention of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (both portrayed by Armie Hammer) and their business partner Divya Narendra (Max Minghella). The Winklevoss twins invite Mark to their final club, where Mark accepts a job as programmer for a proposed dating website they call Harvard Connection which will be exclusive to Harvard alumni.

Mark approaches his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and tells him of his idea for what he calls "Thefacebook", an online social networking website exclusive to Harvard University students. Eduardo agrees to help Mark, and provides $1,000 to help start the site. They distribute the link to Eduardo's connections at the Phoenix S-K final club, and it becomes popular throughout the student body. When they learn of Thefacebook, the Winklevoss twins and Narendra believe Zuckerberg has stolen their idea while stalling on their website. Tyler and Divya want to sue Mark for intellectual property theft, but Cameron convinces them to settle the matter as "Gentlemen of Harvard".

During a visiting lecture by Bill Gates (Steve Sires), fellow Harvard University student Christy Lee (Brenda Song) introduces herself and her friend Alice (Malese Jow) to Eduardo and Mark and asks the boys to "Facebook me". Christy's use of this phrase impresses both of them. Christy invites them to a bar, where Mark runs into Erica. Mark tries to apologize for the Facemash incident, but Erica coldly rebuffs him. As Thefacebook grows in popularity, Mark decides to expand the site to Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University. Cameron refuses to sue them, and instead accuses Mark of violating the Harvard student Code of Conduct. The Winklevosses meet with Harvard President Larry Summers (Douglas Urbanski), who is dismissive towards the twins and sees no potential value in either a disciplinary action or in Thefacebook website itself.

Through Christy, now Eduardo's girlfriend, Eduardo and Mark arrange a meeting with Napster co-founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). Eduardo becomes skeptical, noting Sean's problematic personal and professional history. Sean presents a vision for Facebook very similar to that of Mark, which earns Mark's instant admiration. In a parting comment, Sean suggests they drop the "The" from Thefacebook.

At Sean's suggestion, Mark moves the company to Palo Alto while Eduardo remains in New York seeking advertising support. Sean advises Mark to keep hold of his ownership of Facebook. After Sean promises to expand Facebook to two continents, Mark invites Sean to live at the house he is using as the company headquarters.

While competing in the Henley Royal Regatta for Harvard, the Winklevoss twins discover Facebook has expanded to Oxford, Cambridge and LSE. Cameron relents and they decide to sue. When Eduardo visits from New York, he is angered to find Sean living in their house and making business decisions for Facebook. Eduardo argues with Mark, and Mark makes a demeaning remark regarding Eduardo's failed attempts to find advertisers. Eduardo freezes the company's bank account and returns to New York.

Upon his return to New York, Christy angrily confronts Eduardo about his Facebook profile, which lists him as "single". She accuses him of cheating on her and sets fire to a scarf he gave to her as a gift. While Eduardo extinguishes the fire, Mark reveals on the phone that although he was upset that Eduardo almost jeopardized Facebook by freezing the bank account, they have secured $500,000 from angel investor Peter Thiel (Wallace Langham). Eduardo breaks up with Christy and returns to California.

While visiting the new headquarters for a meeting, Eduardo discovers the deal he signed with Sean's investors has allowed them to dilute his share of the company from 34% to 0.03%, while maintaining the ownership percentage of all other parties. He confronts Mark and announces his intention to sue him. During a party celebrating Facebook's one millionth member, Sean and a number of underage Facebook interns are arrested for possession of cocaine. Sean tries deceiving Mark into believing that he had nothing to do with the incident and that Eduardo stashed the cocaine, but Mark does not believe him and tells him to "go home".

The entire story is intercut with scenes from depositions taken in lawsuits against Mark and Facebook—one filed by the Winklevoss twins, the other by Eduardo. The Winklevoss twins claim that Zuckerberg stole their idea, while Saverin claims his shares of Facebook were unfairly diluted when the company was incorporated. At the end, Marylin Delpy (Rashida Jones), a junior lawyer for the defense, informs Mark they will be settling with Eduardo, since the sordid details of Facebook's founding and Mark's callous attitude will make him highly unsympathetic to a jury. After everyone leaves, Mark sends a friend request to Erica Albright on Facebook, and refreshes the page every few seconds waiting for a response.

An epilogue reveals the following information: Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss received a settlement of $65 million, signed a non-disclosure agreement, and rowed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, placing sixth; Eduardo Saverin received a settlement of an unknown amount and his name was restored to the Facebook masthead as a Co-founder of Facebook; the website has over 500 million members in 207 countries and is valued at 25 billion dollars; and Mark Zuckerberg is the world's youngest billionaire.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-10-15 : Poland

Theatrical : 2010-10-15 : Spain

Theatrical : 2010-10-15 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2010-10-21 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2010-10-21 : India

Theatrical : 2010-10-22 : Finland

Theatrical : 2010-10-22 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2010-10-22 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2010-10-22 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2010-10-23 : Japan

Theatrical : 2010-10-27 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2010-10-27 : Egypt

Theatrical : 2010-10-27 : Georgia

Theatrical : 2010-10-27 : Greece

Theatrical : 2010-10-27 : Philippines

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Australia

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Chile

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Croatia

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Israel

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Kazakhstan

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Kuwait

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Russia

Theatrical : 2010-10-28 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2010-10-29 : Norway

Theatrical : 2010-10-29 : Romania

Theatrical : 2010-11-04 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2010-11-04 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 2010-11-04 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2010-11-04 : Serbia

Theatrical : 2010-11-04 : Slovakia

Theatrical : 2010-11-05 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2010-11-11 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2010-11-11 : Italy

Theatrical : 2010-11-11 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2010-11-12 : India

Theatrical : 2010-11-18 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2010-11-18 : South Korea

Theatrical : 2010-11-26 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2010-12-02 : Malaysia

Theatrical : 2010-12-02 : Peru

Theatrical : 2010-12-03 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2010-12-03 : Venezuela

Theatrical : 2010-12-10 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2011-01-15 : Japan

Theatrical : 2011-01-28 : Panama

Theatrical : 2011-11-03 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2010-10-01 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2010-09-24 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2010-10-01 : Canada

Theatrical : 2010-10-07 : Germany

Theatrical : 2010-10-07 : Russia

Theatrical : 2010-10-07 : Switzerland

Theatrical : 2010-10-08 : Austria

Theatrical : 2010-10-08 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 2010-10-13 : France

Theatrical : 2010-10-13 : Switzerland

Theatrical : 2010-10-14 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2010-10-15 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 2010-10-15 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2010-10-15 : Iceland

Theatrical : 2010-10-15 : Ireland