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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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David Fincher

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)
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Cast

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
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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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Taglines:

Punk, genius, prophet, traitor, billionaire See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Social Network See more »

Filming Locations:

Andover, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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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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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Divya Narendra said that he was "initially surprised" to see himself portrayed by the non-Indian actor Max Minghella, but also admitted that the actor did a "good job in pushing the dialogue forward and creating a sense of urgency in what was a very frustrating period." See more »

Goofs

The LiveJournal logo on Zuckerberg's laptop in the beginning of the film was not the LiveJournal logo that most users would have seen in 2003. The logo seen in the film was part of a site redesign, a test version of which users were given the option to use instead of using the then-standard layout. Zuckerberg could have opted into the beta test. See more »

Quotes

[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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The Sound Of Violence
Written by Hubert Blanc-Francard (as Hubert Blanc-Francard),
Philippe Zdar (as Philippe Cerboneschi) and Stephen Edwards
Performed by Dennis de Laat
Courtesy of Spinnin' Records
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Great movie
15 September 2010 | by david_swinton2001See all my reviews

I saw this film at a free screening in Denver last night. From the opening sequence, you know you're in Aaron Sorkin territory. His rapid-fire dialogue and the "that was then, this is now" editing is a little disorienting at first, but you get used to it. When Mark Zuckerberg breaks up with his girlfriend, you have a pretty good idea of everything going on in his mind. And yet, the film portrays him in a sympathetic light. Everyone was laughing at the hilarious put downs and one-liners. The best one, at least in my opinion, is a reference to the original "Karate Kid." All the actors are OK, but this is Jesse Eisenberg's movie. He convinces you of all the insecurities and doubts percolating in his character. While his reasoning is usually explained with a gesture or a snide remark, his confrontation with the Winklevoss twins' lawyer lays out his true motives for being the way he is. Rashida Jones' character although minor is pivotal since she explains to Zuckerberg where he went wrong. There are some brief digressions like Saverin's girlfriend problems which contribute to the 116-minute running time(sans credits.) It's a little too long, and David Fincher seems confident enough in the material not to indulge in any of his usual tricks. I'd say the film is a mix of "Juno" with "Greenberg" without the self-conscious dialogue of the first, or the nastiness of the second.


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