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The Social Network (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  1 October 2010 (USA)
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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.

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On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. Written by Columbia Pictures

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

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language | See all certifications »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,486,454 (UK) (15 October 2010)

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$96,917,897 (USA) (25 February 2011)
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Trivia

After Mark Zuckerberg finishes the coding marathon in his dorm room, he then closes his eyes and slowly moves his head back and forth, and Eduardo asks him, "Mark, are you praying?" On the DVD commentary, Aaron Sorkin explained that what Mark was doing was davening, a word that comes from Yiddish and which generally refers to prayer in Judaism, but which also specifically refers to the type of head and body movements that Jews traditionally make while praying. Sorkin mentioned on the commentary that he considered writing Eduardo's line as "Mark, are you davening?" instead of "Mark, are you praying?" to make it clearer to the audience what Mark was doing. See more »

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When the Winklevoss twins meet with Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers, Summers' secretary mentions that the building they are standing in is 100 years older than the United States itself. One of the Winklevoss twins later states that the building is "335 years old". However, the University President's offices are in the Massachusetts Hall, the oldest surviving building on Harvard's campus, which actually dates back to 1718. In 2003, the building would have actually been 285 years old, and is 58 years older than the United States. See more »

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Mark Zuckerberg: Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?
Erica Albright: That can't possibly be true.
Mark Zuckerberg: It is.
Erica Albright: What would account for that?
Mark Zuckerberg: Well first, an awful lot of people live in China. But, here's my question: how do you distinguish yourself in a population of people who all got 1600 on their SATs?
Erica Albright: I didn't know they take SATs in China.
Mark Zuckerberg: They don't. I wasn't talking about China anymore, I was talking about me.
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A Sign of the Times
6 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fact that anyone would even make this movie really is a sign of the times. My initial thought after watching it was "who cares"? In reality, that's what Facebook means to me as well: who cares? How can you take a movie seriously that puts adventurous music over every scene, no matter how boring it is? Scenes like putting a website live, monitoring site traffic, depositions, and restaurant conversations about "the next big thing". This is pretty much the story, with heart-thumping music in the background to make it seem exciting. I guess if you sit in a cube all day wishing you were Zuckerberg then this is what constitutes excitement.

The story itself is as thin as they come. Frankly, it wouldn't even be a suitable story for the Lifetime Network movie of the week. But, get Sorkin to put some zippy dialog in, Fincher to make it look gorgeous, and exciting music - ooohhhh you have a Best Picture!! That is, in a year in which not a single great movie was made.

I recall the Coen Brothers talking about how they pitched "The Man Who Wasn't There". They said, "it's a story about a barber who wants to get into the dry cleaning business". Take my word for it: that's a MUCH more compelling story than anything in The Social Network.


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