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The Social Network (2010)

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The Social Network is a movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mark Zuckerberg
... Erica Albright
Bryan Barter ... Billy Olson
... Phoenix Club President
... Dustin Moskovitz
Patrick Mapel ... Chris Hughes
... Eduardo Saverin
... Phoenix Member Playing Facemash
Alecia Svensen ... Girl at Phoenix Club
Jami Owen ... Student Playing Facemash
James Dastoli ... Student Playing Facemash
Robert Dastoli ... Student Playing Facemash
Scotty Crowe ... Student Playing Facemash
... Student Playing Facemash
Marcella Lentz-Pope ... Erica's Roommate
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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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Punk, genius, prophet, traitor, billionaire See more »

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Biography | Drama

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

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1 October 2010 (USA)  »

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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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Despite the fact that director David Fincher has been a big proponent of digital filmmaking since Zodiac (2007), this is his first film to have been completely shot digitally (both Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) had certain shots/segments shot on film). See more »

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When Mark and Eduardo go outside of the fraternity "Caribbean Night" into the cold, visible breaths emerge directly from their lips. In reality, the breath is invisible for 2 - 3 inches, the space required for it to drop to a temperature at which it can condense and become visible. See more »

Quotes

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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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The Social Network
1 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Let's start with the script. It's great. Written by soon-to-be-best- adapted-screenplay-nominee/winner Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network's writing is intelligent and demanding on multiple levels: most obviously, the story is cleverly structured across dual lawsuits, but there's an equal amount of sophistication to Sorkin's character work--Zuckerberg is never quite capable of maintaining a dialog, Eduardo always stops just short of explicating his emotions.

Those two characters are wonderfully played by inevitable acting award nominees Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield--Eisenberg owns the brisk pace of the film while Garfield brings most of the humanity--who anchor a terrific ensemble--SAG best ensemble, perhaps? The film's score is a perfectly atmospheric concoction of electronica from edgy dark horse best original score nominees Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and it's all united under the name and vision of David Fincher, who did not win an Oscar for Fight Club or Zodiac or Benjamin Button.

All of this is to say two things: this is a really great movie from a phenomenal creative team, and also there are times when the film feels somewhat calculated for accolades--never in the repugnantly safe, crowd- pleasing, middle-brow Benjamin Button sense, but in the sweetly transparent sense of a kid who did all his chores and is suggesting that he might deserve a cookie.

You know what? Give David Fincher a cookie. The Social Network is thoroughly intelligent and engaging as a modern biopic and as an examination of evolving cultural currency, and it's also one of my favorite films this year. -TK 10/1/10


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