As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.


David Fincher


Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)
413 ( 17)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Mark Zuckerberg
Rooney Mara ... Erica Albright
Bryan Barter Bryan Barter ... Billy Olson
Dustin Fitzsimons ... Phoenix Club President
Joseph Mazzello ... Dustin Moskovitz
Patrick Mapel Patrick Mapel ... Chris Hughes
Andrew Garfield ... Eduardo Saverin
Toby Meuli ... Phoenix Member Playing Facemash
Alecia Svensen ... Girl at Phoenix Club
Jami Owen Jami Owen ... Student Playing Facemash
James Dastoli James Dastoli ... Student Playing Facemash
Robert Dastoli Robert Dastoli ... Student Playing Facemash
Scotty Crowe ... Student Playing Facemash
Jayk Gallagher ... Student Playing Facemash
Marcella Lentz-Pope ... Erica's Roommate


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Some behind-the-scenes footage presented as a DVD extra reveals that during the filming of the "facemash montage" (which shows various groups of Harvard students perusing facemash and rating Harvard women against each other for relative attractiveness), one of the actors was instructed to say, "of course she's hot; she's Natalie Portman" while comparing two female Harvard students. That dialogue didn't make it into the finished film, but another oblique reference to Portman's presence on campus did (she is the movie star referred to during the deposition). See more »


When questioned about the statue of John Harvard, Eduardo explains that it's not really John Harvard, "It's a friend of the sculptor, Daniel Chester." The sculptor's name was actually Daniel Chester French. (The full name is spoken correctly in one of the outtakes.) See more »


[first lines]
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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West Coast Poplock
Written by Mikel Hooks, Ronnie Hudson,
Larry Troutman and Roger Troutman
Performed by Ronnie Hudson
Courtesy of Thump Records
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Nice movie about psychopathic facebook founder
25 July 2018 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

Fast paced and interesting, this movie tries too hard to portray Zuckenberg in a better light than he deserves. He was not a good coder. He was much more exploitative than movie suggest, as his later love affair with CIA and selling personal data of facebook users for nefarious purposes proved. This guy is far less charismatic than portrayed (and he isn't portrayed as particularly charismatic to begin with) and far more calculating, menacing and Machiavelian than described. The only thing the movie did show worse than it was was Zuckenberg incel situation. Zuckenberg was dating a Chinese golddigger/smartdigger/Harvarddigger the whole time and they got married.

But despite being more positive towards its subject than they would warrant, the movie manages to capture part of the psychopathic nature of facebook and its founding. Artistic liberties were taken in order to humanize these monsters, to make us care and for plot not to be boring. In that it succeeded, but humanizing monsters like Zuckenberg or Hitttlerr is never a good idea in a movie. However, you at least get an idea about the depths of the cutthrooat depravity that was only confirmed by the fact that facebook abuses the trust of its sheeple all the time, and a movie is fun to watch, and deserves a praise even if it is an idealised/sanitized/overseksed version of the sorry reality this movie is based on, and as a movie is well worth a watch, but keep in mind the reality was much darker and more boring at the same time.

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English | French

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Social Network See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,445,653, 3 October 2010

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