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The Social Network (2010)

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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 co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

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Storyline

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 See more »

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,445,653, 4 October 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$96,962,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$224,920,315
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Because director David Fincher was unable to find any suitable identical twin actors to play real-life identical twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, two unrelated actors were hired to play each brother - Armie Hammer as Cameron and Josh Pence as Tyler. Fincher thought that Hammer looked more like the real brothers, so for some scenes, the visual effects team photographed Hammer speaking Tyler's lines and created a computer-generated model of his face to paste over Pence's. Traditional split-screen work, with Hammer's separate performances as each brother stitched together in the same frame, was also used. See more »

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When Sean's girlfriend fails to catch the beer that Mark throws at her, the second time he throws it, the bottle breaks in mid-air before hitting anything. 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?
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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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Who cares, and more importantly, why????
1 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

Cinema students rejoice. Here is an American film worthy of critical analysis and close examination.

Its camera work is (at times) stunning. The acting performances are worthy. The direction is tight and focused, all the while entering some new territory regards narrative structure. The sound was daringly attempted, albeit not wholly successful.

So why just six stars? Because with all the film's many technical and artistic high points (and there are many), I just didn't care. It didn't entertain me.

I understand that many folks might find Mark Zuckerberg's rise to Facebook CEO interesting; however, I suspect that a good many more people will not--I am among the latter.

About eight years ago, former San Diego Union-Tribune movie critic David Elliot wrote eloquently of a movie's need to personally reach a viewer's psyche before the individual can embrace it. Providing entertainment is the goal of all movies. I fought against this thinking most all my life. I wrongfully assumed that a film could be judged on its artistic merits alone, with no consideration given to its ability to make a personal connection with the viewer. Even if the connection was unexplainable and strictly visceral, the movie must make an emotional and personal impact on the viewer for the film to be a success. The viewer must be entertained.

Well, this movie is an example of Elliot's observation. The film did nothing for me. It was one long, dull and boring straight line, in spite of its artistic touches. I didn't care about Mark Zuckerberg before the film, and I don't have any more interest in him afterward.

I wanted to like this movie. Again, there is a lot to like; technically it gets an "A;" artistically it gets and "A;" but for entertainment value it struggles to get a "D." I hope you like it. You may.

Everyone's likes and dislikes regarding movies are different. I agree with Elliot in that films should ultimately be judged on a personal level after considering their artistic and technical achievements.

For my tastes, I'll see another film for my entertainment dollar. Afterall, isn't that what movies are made for, ENTERTAINMENT?

This movie is many things--many good things--but it isn't entertaining.


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