Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving up to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him. Written by
Jodie Foster was originally signed to play Michael Douglas's sibling in the film. However, Foster changed her mind and wanted to appear as Douglas's daughter instead. Douglas and director David Fincher were very opposed to this change so the part went to Sean Penn instead. Foster promptly sued PolyGram to the tune of $54.5 million - even though her Egg Pictures was one of the film's production companies. The matter was fortunately settled out of court. Douglas - who is a personal friend of Foster - said that it didn't seem right for him to play Foster's father, given that there is only 17 years age difference between the two. Ironically, Douglas HAS already played Foster's father - he did so in the Disney film Napoleon and Samantha (1972) at the start of both of their careers. See more »
When Nicholas in on the bus in Mexico an 'emergency exit' sign printed in English is visible on the inside of the bus. See more »
[In the stopped elevator]
I'll give you a boost.
This isn't an attempt to be gallant. If I don't lift you, how are you going to get there?
You pull me up.
It's much easier this way. Come on, step up...
I'm not wearing underwear. Okay? There, I said it. Satisfied?
[Looks at her skirt]
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The opening credits shatter in the form of jigsaw puzzle pieces in Reference to the Film's title. See more »
If you thought this movie was suspenseful with a plausible plot and ending then you must have really enjoyed paying $6.00 for about 80 cents worth of movie popcorn.
It had to be a real stretch for Douglas to play an uptight business man...I'm guessing he researched the role by watching his last 10 movies. The lemon-twist ending was straight from Hollywood 101 and was probably recycled from a poorly written Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode. If you want to watch a movie with a putz going from one possibly controlled environment to the next then watch "The Man Who Knew Too Little". It is just as bad as "The Game" but at least it had Bill Murray.
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