The Social Network

As a 64-year-old man, I think of myself as being pretty “with it” when it comes to the Net. But the first time I heard of Facebook was from my younger brother, who asked me if I was on it, and I said “on what?” He laughed at me, and switched all the pills in my pill box to the wrong days of the week. It was humiliating! (He actually did say “you’re old” to me. It’s sad that he’s dead now and in heaven. R.I.P. little bro.) The point is that Facebook’s “exclusivity” and “coolness” was actually a real thing at some point. It’s funny to think about that now, since Facebook is neither exclusive nor cool. I mean, seriously. And yet, what it got in exchange for becoming uncool and unexclusive is basically World Domination and 100 gillion dollarz and a David Fincher movie written by Aaron Sorkin about it that somehow becomes number one at the box office even though it’s basically a movie about BUSINESS and NERDS. Of course, it helps that it’s a GREAT movie about business and nerds, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, let’s talk about it!

What a gooooood movie! David Fincher is really good at his job. I mean, admittedly, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is awful. And Panic Room is silly. But for the most part he makes really good movies, and this is no exception. This might even be his best movie yet. It’s no small feat to make the backroom business dealings of a 20-year-old college student with a Livejournal riveting and moody and sometimes funny and not at all boring or pandering. There was practically no boneheaded tone deaf techno-speak. When people spoke about the Internet, they actually sounded like people who had BEEN on the Internet, which is surprisingly rare still despite the fact that we can get the Internet while FLYING THROUGH THE SKY and also IN OUR POCKETS. Your mom has a gmail account, but even she still prints out all her messages to read before bed and calls them “blogs.” What I’m trying to get at is the impressive simulacrum of Genuine Understanding this movie created about a subject that has, for the most part, remained insane-makingly elusive to Adults.

Of course, it’s not all boringly realistic talk of SEXTing and PMs. There is also some real dramatic tension, and also SASS. This movie has sass coming out of its butt! Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of an Asperberger-y SuperNerd with the world’s sassiest sass mouth was so compelling and entertaining to watch. The parts when he talked back to the lawyers, like when he explained why the one lawyer did not have his undivided attention and didn’t deserve it? And the part when the lawyer was talking about how much money Andrew Garfield had invested in the company, and Mark Zuckerberg sarcastically checked her math? So good. SO SASS. (Although I never noticed how much Jesse Eisenberg sounds like Michael Cera. A lot, kind of, it turns out. It was a little distracting.)

Andrew Garfield The Social Network

Now people are talking about what it all MEANS. Apparently, adults see it as a cautionary tale about the moral ravages of greed, while children see it as a tale of one genius’s success. Personally, it doesn’t really seem like either of those things? For one thing, everyone in this movie was greedy. Can we get on the same page about that? Eduardo Saverin got a bum deal, I guess, and was screwed over by his friend, for sure, but he also filed a 600 million dollar lawsuit. The Winkelvoss twins (about which: this makes me feel very weird) were crybaby rich kids who, as the movie’s epilogue points out, earned 65 MILLION DOLLARS from their lawsuit, which I’m sure they immediately invested in their daddy’s hedge fund and tripled overnight. Yes, Mark Zuckerberg comes off as kind of a dick, but it’s hard to see him as a villain in a sea of poor victims. (Also, as far as the whole “dude who doesn’t have any friends because he is so emotionally crippled by his own ambition” thing is concerned, if anyone read the New Yorker profile of the actual Mark Zuckerberg they might notice that the movie conveniently left out any mention of his longtime serious girlfriend. It’s complicated, I’m sure.)

On the other hand, it hardly seems like a tale of triumph, so I don’t really know what the kids are talking about, either. Kids think the darndest things, AS USUAL.

Perhaps the most surprising and innovative development in the Facebook generation is people’s willingness to publicly share details of their personal lives that in ancient times (like the 1990s) they would have kept themselves. The movie didn’t talk about that at all, and in that sense, it doesn’t seem to actually capture the thing about the current zeitgeist that makes it so zeitgeist-y in the first place. I mean, there have been revolutionary business ideas in the past, and there have been cruel wunderkinds and bloody corpses trapped under the wheels of indifferent buses where their former friends threw them. None of that is actually that new (although the Facebook offices near the end of the movie DID look much more Razor Scooter friendly than the bedroom at the end of Citizen Kane.) It doesn’t make it any less great and enjoyable and interesting and well written (I’ve never heard of this Aaron Sorkin guy and I think this is his first major project, but I think he’s going to have a VERY bright future!). It’s probably going to win lots of awards, and it should. I’m just pointing out that it might not actually be as NEW as some people would like it to be. All they really needed was at least ONE scene in which a teenage girl stood in her parents’ bathroom and held a digital camera awkwardly above her head to get the “perfect” pouty-lip profile self-portrait. It’s called FINGER ON THE PULSE. Ask Jeeves about it.

Nevertheless, I CLICK LIKE.

Comments (144)
  1. I really enjoyed this movie. Jesse Eisenberg was great. He stepped out of being the Jewish Michael Cera (IMO) and into a very likeable asshole. I liked when he called the Winklevoss twins the “Winklevie.” I LOLed pretty hard.

    Do you guys remember when you had to type to go to facebook? #nostalgiagum

    • Do you guys remember when you had to have a college email address to be on facebook?

      I actually miss those days. Then my Grandma wouldn’t be friending me and commenting on all my pictures. Yes, this is my life.

      • That was the best. My family is scared of FB, so none of them are on it (Phew!). My mom has never used a computer. EVER. She thinks that if you do, you’re soul will be stolen and she will be raped and murdered.

        However, my husband’s family is on it….And, well, it’s just akward.

        • Yep. My whole family is, Grandma, Aunts/Uncles, Great-Aunts/Great-Uncles, little high school and middle school cousins. Sigh. I would die without “Limited Profile.” Thankfully both my parents are completely uninterested.

          • You guys just nailed what it is that sucks about facebook. Not just awkward family shit but also people you went to high school with who you havent seen or heard from in years and former co-workers and clients, employers, etc etc and you have one giant INAPPROPRIATE invasion of privacy that sucks balls. Fuck facebook and social networking

          • Steve, I know what you mean. Alot of my friends are classmates from HS and JRHS, and I never really liked them. I actually deleted a bunch of people today, b/c if you don’t talk to me in public or you post ignorant things then why are you my FB friend?

          • Argh ive called my ma at least 3 times in the past 2 months to pull her up on facebook etiquitte, they really need to teach that stuff to people. I curse the day she discovered it and it hs never been the same since.

      • I remember that. My college actually tried to say that we were violating school policy when we created and anti-dean page because we had to use our college email to join facebook. The argument by the administration was suck an illogical wreck that I am embarrassed to say where I went to school.

        • I said this on the tweets, so I am repeating myself but eh:
          I was one of the first 500 people on Facebook at My School, and our School Came online at about the Same Time as Amherst and Stanford, making me one of the first 10-15K members? (Back Pats, All Around, I know)

          We used to log-on to

          It was pretty cool. MySpace was for everyone, but TheFacebook – it was for college, and not ALL Schools either, it was primarily nerd schools and east coast-y crusties and ivy’s. When UofC got on – for the University of Chicago Undergrads in particular – it was a game changer for Social Networking, etc. It also validated the Academic Ratings, being included with all of the top schools in this site.

          There were a Lotta good times had via theFacebook.

          Now look at it. Grandmothers and dog’s and fake people and businesses and websites and blogs and sports teams and…

          • and Steve Winwood impersonators. Please no one accept friend requests from Steve Winbot.

          • I was the 30th member at my school. All my friends from other schools had been on it for a few months already (this was late 04/early 05), so I would seriously go on like once a week and request that they add my school, because I felt so left out. It was like the greatest day of my life when I finally was allowed to sign up.

        • Steve Winwood

      • double #nostalgiagum for real.

        It’s kind of interesting that the facebook dropped the exclusivity — the main thing that distinguished it from other sites (and seemed to be the core of the Winklevie lawsuit?) — once they’d fully exploited that angle to get excessively popular. I think that opening of the gates of privacy to our grandmothers and that kid from sophomore year home room also coincided with the massive decline of myfriendsterspace. CONSPIRACY?

        • I actually despised the original exclusivity of Facebook. I was a confused, disheartened, and disillusioned recent college drop out during Facebook’s early years and it just struck me as terribly elitist. Plus, I know plenty of grandma’s that are far superior individuals than many college students.

      • When I posted a drawing I had done off of a nude model onto my facebook, my mom called me up, concerned that I would get in trouble for “sexting on the internet.” Like, actually concerned.

  2. One of the most surprising things I’ve learned is that Jesse Eisenberg’s sis is the little Pepsi girl!

  3. I have already updated my Facebook status to reflect my feelings on this movie, but I’ll say it again: it was fantastic.

  4. I can’t wait for the choose-your-own-adventure Bing movie

  5. There were 10,000 ways “The Social Network” could have been boring or pointless. I’m finding it hard to think of another way for it to have been as good as it was.

    My only complaint is that the script is so polished that nearly everyone says the most clever thing that they could possibly say in nearly every situation. As a result, the characters don’t have terribly distinctive voices, except to the extent that the actors create them. Having said that, what kind of an asshole picks on a movie for having too many sharp and memorable lines?

    In particular, Jesse Eisenberg (for Best Actor) does a hell of a job playing almost the whole movie in a tightly contstrained, angry little range that when he’s thrust out of it (being put in his place by his ex-girlfriend, being confronted by Eduardo, being star-struck by Sean Parker) it’s damn effective.

    • That’s a pretty fair, and pretty standard, complaint of Aaron Sorkin projects. Everyone in Aaron Sorkin movies talks like an Aaron Sorkin character; which is to say, absurdly witty and clever and smart.

      But yeah, if a writer is going to have a weakness, I think “making all the dialogue improbably perfect and amazing” is a pretty ok weakness.

  6. This was really good. I went in with very low expectations for a movie about an internet site that has probably peaked because the internet is an unrelenting juggernaut seeking out what’s cool and leaving behind yesterday’s hot new thing.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that now that my grandma can send my a virtual beer and invite me to pick virtual barley with her, I’m kind of ‘too cool for facebook’, but this movie made me miss those halcyon days of being caught in an infinite poking loop.

    …But if my grandma sees this and likes it, I’m done.

  7. I didn’t see this movie yet, because I am still trying to think of a good status update to leave when I do go this movie.

  8. When my husband and I left the theater, he said, “I feel like I should have accomplished more in my life by now.” And was like, “Me too, Huz….Me too.”

    At least I am not sitting in front of my computer in a conference room, hitting refresh, and waiting for him (my Huz, but maybe not my Huz, if I were more successful) to accept my friend request.

    • I loved that ending though. It was sort of beautifully poetic.
      t was doubly creative and subtle. Like, here’s this guy that basically connects the world to one another… and he can’t connect with one person, as he sits alone in this conference room hitting refresh.

      But then, just the very act of staring at Facebook, hitting refresh and waiting for something new to happen? This is our world now. Even Videogum… I’ll spend hours just refreshing the pages to see them update. That guy changed how we communicate, forever. It’s a little daunting to think about.


      • Oh, don’t get me wrong, I thought that was amazing also.

      • I dont really feel like he – Mr. Facebook – did anything innovative. He copied Friendster / Myspace but made it exclusive to students and then eventually not exclusive and now its Super Invasive and you’re a dick if you don’t approve your conservative aunt in the south as your friend who can then respond inappropriately to the even more inappropriate photo comments on your wall posted by that one creepy kid from high school you never liked any way but had to add as a friend because you would be a dick not to. How big of an innovation is Facebook and why did it succeed and Friendster/Myspace fail? Big questions with no answers.

        • Stevie-boy, you just summed up why I quit Facebook. It just got so terrible.

        • You pretty much just summed it up completely there. Facebook stopped being fun the second I received my first conservative-relative friend request. I could deal with all the Jr. High/High School friends because it was kind of funny to see how many kids and divorces they had, and I could always hide them or delete them when they got on my nerves. (Plus after all these years I still didn’t really give a shit what they thought about me.) But what are you supposed to do when relatives send you requests? Ignore/reject and have to answer for it at the holiday gatherings or accept and censor yourself? It’s a no-win situation.

        • That’s interesting actually… I guess you answered your own question though. It was more successful because it started out as being so exclusive.

          My first semester of college was Fall 2004 and I don’t know EXACTLY when Facebook hit Texas Tech, but I know I didn’t join at first. I didn’t have a MySpace at that point, didn’t even know what Friendster was (God, what a stupid name though.) It was a guy my roommate was dating at the time who said, “Oh, have you seen Facebook? You have to join!” And I didn’t end up doing it until mid-semester.

          I remember thinking how fucking cool it was that it was exclusive to COLLEGE. You had to have a college email address to get in and that was dope as shit, for some reason. I also remember the day it was expanded to high school students and how I WANTED TO DIE. And then when it opened to everyone… and both my grandmothers joined to talk about their love of all things Sarah Palin and anti-immigration…. just ugh.

          Look, saying it isn’t innovative can’t possibly be correct. Obviously the guy did something extraordinary; either because of it’s initial exclusivity or its connection through other connections or maybe just it’s really clean layout, because I mean, seriously, MySpace is the worst in this way… I don’t want to pause your Creed playlist every time I glance at your profile.

          The word facebook is a verb now, for God’s sake. The thing changed the way we speak.
          And ALSO, the only way I find out about old high school friends’ DEATHS is through Facebook… and that is just NUTS.

          • My college opened facebook during the end of the school year, during finals week. It’s amazing that anyone passed their classes that semester.

            Remember when all it had on it was profile pic, info, wall, & groups? Oh and when it said “Facebook Member Since..” under your photo. Those were the days.

          • All I have to say here is…TOTES.

        • Bingo, Steve-o. It’s why I quit too, once I checked out how many kids and divorces the junior-high and high school bullies had. And why I don’t feel sorry for one second when someone asks “are you on Facebook” and I say “no” and they act like there is absolutely no other way that they could possibly contact me so ooh, I’m so screwed because some a-hole I just met can’t remember how to use a telephone or an e-mail program.

  9. Also, Sean Parker, IRL.

    He’s bringin’ sexy back…

  10. I did not have time to watch this movie this weekend. Damn.

  11. This movie was fucking real, it’s their oscar to lose at this point, 21st century John Hughes shit right here.

  12. this movie made me glad that I didn’t start a billion dollar company. more zeroes just means more headaches

  13. Hold on, Gabe, let me check your work…

    ….yup, that’s what I got.

    • also related I learned that if I don’t steal code Birdiegum can be up any running any day now

      • I can’t wait for Fincher and Sorkin to make a film about Videogum, culminating in a scene where Lindsay goes to the fancy new offices, finds out she’s been fired, and angrily confronts Gabe about it, while Soft Gabe looks on smugly, knowing he’s won. Also, dark synths.

  14. I saw this at a sneak preview early last month (SO LUCKY) and I’m not sure if it was a different test edit or what but good lord it was long and sort of boring and horrible.

    But everyone else (in the world, I guess?) thinks it’s basically the best movie about a website ever so I guess I’m either an overly critical asshole or maybe (hopefully! I like to think I am a nice person) they made changes after the test screenings.

    • Don’t downvote the guy because he has a very measured disagreement with the consensus. It’s not like he prefaced it by saying, “I really enjoyed Avatar, but…”

    • I also thought it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy tooooooooooooooo loooooooooooooonnnnnnnng, I almost had to get up and run a lap around the theater I was so sick of sitting. Apart from the snide remarks from “Zuckerberg”, I didn’t think it was all that entertaining. Depositions aren’t entertainment.

  15. Was I the only person that gasped when we first see the Winklevie? I mean, God… the things I would do.

    Peggy Olsen knows what I’m talkin about.

  16. Can we please talk about how great the score is? Trent Reznor is the composition king!

    • That score is my new work playlist for the foreseeable future.

    • I mean, I already knew how great it would be, then I bought the mp3′s prior to the movie and thought it was great even out of context. Then I watched the movie and just lost it. So good.

    • the score at the beginning when he’s going back to his dorm? Really scary!

    • God Mon-eeeyyyyyy
      I’ll do anything for yyyyoooouuuuu
      I want to “frig” you like an animal
      I want to feel you on the inside
      Take me closer to God (womp womp womp womp techno noise sound)

      Sing the above lyrics in the voice of Frank Sinatra and I’ll take you to the flip side … where I’ll make you my musical slaves … FOREVER!!!!

      BTW, “frig” means “fuck”

    • Now whenever I update my status or whatever I hear really ominous synths in my head. No complaints there.

    • The part that blew me away was when they played Baby, You’re A Rich Man over the credits. They could not have picked a more perfect song.

  17. I’m in the minority. 6/10 for me. Liked it, didn’t love it. I’m waiting for somebody to make a youtube montage of every instance facebook was mentioned. It’s going to be about a 3 minute long video.

    • Yeah but to be fair, the movie is sort of about Facebook. Like, I bet if you did a youtube montage of how many times they mentioned NASA in the film Apollo 13, it would also be pretty long.

      • They mention cocksuckers in Deadwood a lot too. Doesn’t call attention to itself the way hearing facebook 5 times in every scene does. At least for me. Small grievance.

  18. That movie was nonstop fun. Even if the “lonerd with only one fwend in the whole world” trope was obviously made up, who cares, fun movie times all around. The character of Zuckerberg came off as a gargantuan dick but it was like, partially the Internet’s fault for dulling his emotions. And in the end it seemed like he learned a little bit, but the female assessments of his relative assholishness were heavy-handed but served as nice bookends. I bought it!

    Timberlake was my favorite part of the movie. Him and Armie Hammer (This movie should get a nod for best supporting actor names).

    Oh and the soundtrack was Trent Reznor’s best work since “Hurt.” (I assume.)

  19. I still haven’t seen it, but Gabe’s description doesn’t sound nerdy enough for my tastes. Too much “dialogue” and “emotion”.

    I’ll wait til it gets released on HTML.

  20. so this is going to be the movie that finally gets jesse eisenberg out of the michael cera shadow? sweet! yes there are similarities, but the main, glaring, difference is that eisenberg can actually act and is dynamic enough to, you know, do different things. (whoops, here come the cera apologist downvotes).

    • Yeah, he leapt right over Cera for me here. I imdb’d him and realized that I’ve liked him in everything I’ve seen him in. The Squid and the Whale! So delightful! I think that kid grows up to be Zuckerberg.

  21. Garfield rules all, I hear the studio execs are gonna campaign Timberlake, Garfield, and Hammer for best supporting actor, Eisenberg is a lock for best actor though.

  22. I just couldn’t figure out where Tom was.

  23. Today is “FACEBOOK: THE MOVIE DAY”. If u liked this movie, and thought it was like so good, repost this as your status update. 9 out of 10 facebook users are not brave enough to repost……….are u????!!!!???

  24. The only thing creepier than the entire concept and execution of digitally scrubbing and replacing one actor’s face with another actor’s face in a movie is describing someone’s face as “resembl[ing] the shining morning sun.”

    Good description, Monica Hesse. Totally normal.

  25. Did anyone else notice the wink at the Fincher-directed Fight Club? When Mark was looking at a photo album on Facebook during the scene when the Crimson publishes the story about the chicken, the page identified the album as “Tyler Durden’s photos.”

  26. I thought this movie was great, I was a little worried about the dialogue after that opening scene, because it was kind of like an exchange in Catch-22, and I’ve never experienced real people talking like that, but it recovered after that. JT was great.

  27. I’d love to argue with the writer of the NY Times article, but the teens next to me in my small town theatre seemed pretty enamored with Zuckerberg. The kid next to me kept muttering “rad” whenever Zuckerberg would screw another person over. I suspect in future episodes of MTV’s: Cribs, young hip hop stars will show off their Social Network posters, à la Scarface. The nerds are taking over, it seems.

  28. Did anyone else notice that the Winklevi have a voice similar to Don Drapers?

    I just kept thinking throughout the whole move, “Yes! You are indeed a man of Harvard, Don– I mean, Winklevos!”

    Also, I loved how smarmy the president of Harvard was.

    • Yes, yes, and Double Yes.

      I totally wrecking the movie for my friends, leaning across three people to tell them all how much the Winklevii sounded like Dick Whitman.

      Also, Larry Summers is a dick. Surprise, surprise? Oh wait, no. That’s not a surprise.

  29. i haven’t seen the movie yet, but it sounds like with this current success, justin timberlake can officially erase The Love Guru from his resume. Way to go!

  30. I mostly liked this movie. I’m not gay or nothin but I thought the stud muffin twins were … mesmerizing. Not sexually mesmerizing although I can admit that they are handsome young stud muffins and I can admit that with an unblemished record of Staunch Heterosexuality. They were mesmerizing in this sort of way like the tiger from the Jungle Book or the rich guy from Gilligan’s island. When one of them says “I’m 6’5, 225lbs and there are TWO of me!” I LOL’ed at the screen in the movie theater.

    I also understand from having read some blog posts on the internet (impressed?) that a lot of this movie is dramatic fictional dramatizations based on real events, rather than a verbatim docu-men-tary. That’s fine. Be that as it may it made me real glad I am not on facebook giving monetized by ads page views to douchey invasive corporate cocksuckers who have more money than god while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet. Fuck facebook.

    • But how do you keep in touch with people you went to high school with?

      • Sometimes via email but mostly when I visit home, the people I actually want to see I call on a little number I like to call a “tele-phone” and set up a special appointment IRL*. This is a version of social networking that you can set on your own terms, not have privacy violated with all your details broadcast to every person you have ever met in your life and – added bonus – you don’t provide monetized page views to cock suckers.

        *stands for In Real Life

  31. I don’t understand why they had to hire two different actors and CGI one’s face away and then make a big deal out of it. Why didn’t they just hire twins?

    • “For a long time, I held out for this idea that we were going to find two 6’5″ 220-pound scullers who were going to be able to act,” David Fincher laughs. “So we looked and we looked and we looked and finally, probably about four weeks out from shooting, I just said, this is crazy. We’re never going to be able to get [it]. We need an actor. We need one person to play two people.”

      • Wait, are they not real twins? Was that seriously CGI?

        • yes , it was pretty amazing too. My favorite dual-role performance, after Nicholas Cage in Adaptation.

          • I concur. I suspected that it was a single actor doing both roles as the film progressed, so once the credits rolled I scanned the actors and was delighted to affirm my suspicions.

            BUT THEN, in Fincher’s unpredictable way, I find out today that it was another flesh-and-blood actor whose FACE was removed, which admittedly, is much easier to film and synch up with other actors than to have the one actor play the part twice and everyone else just has to hold really still or something. Movie magic!

      • Uh, hello?

    • Why did they have to hire that other guys then? Why couldn’t they have pulled a lindsay-lohan-in-parent-trap trick? The cgi seems harder…

  32. If Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue was a person, I would do terrible, terrible things to be able to have sex with it.

    Is that weird?

    • No. I understand and completely agree.

      Maybe we should start a support group… remind ourselves that gorgeous dialogue isn’t something you can have sex with.

  33. Am I the only person who thought this movie was weirdly, distractingly sexist?

    • The movie, or the characters?

      Stephen Colbert actually asked Sorkin about this in an interview last week; namely, why there aren’t any strong female characters (other than the girlfriend from the first scene and Rashida Jones).

      Sorkin’s answer was basically that the movie’s about a bunch of dudes for whom women are, ultimately, trophies. Whether because they’re rich assholes raised in a society that allows/encourages men to literally use women like objects (the Winklevie); or because they’re socially inept, insular assholes seemingly incapable of interacting with other humans, especially women, and who therefore use them like objects (Zuckerberg). So there aren’t any strong female characters, because the male characters aren’t the sort of guys who associate with strong women.

      So, basically: yes, the movie is distractingly sexist, insofar as many of the male characters are overtly or implicitly sexist. But I don’t think the movie is trying to portray that as ok.

    • Katherine Heigel is that you?

    • I’ve heard this voiced elsewhere, but I’m a little confused by the sentiment. I thought the Rooney Mara character was one of the smartest of the entire film. Her line about Zuckerberg thinking that no one liked him because he’s nerd, but really it’s because he’s an asshole? So great! Both her and Rashida Jones act as the voices of reason (and the audience) when everyone else is talking nonsense.

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  35. This was the quickest 131 minutes of my life…really a great film and I definitely agree with most of you that facebook was so much better when it was exclusive. I remember when my school had it before my girlfriend’s (who went to a state school), it made me feel so superior to her, which I guess is a shitty way to be, but I don’t care, it feels good to be better….and we’re not together anymore so fuck it.

    • and dont get me started on the family/high school issues with facebook….the whole point of college was to get away from those assholes and now they see all your pictures from when you were using the money they sent you to buy weed.

  36. I think this is the greatest disconnect between a trailer and the actual film that I’ve ever had. I saw the trailer and immediately thought the movie was going to be LET’S SEX UP THE FOUNDING OF FACEBOOK and dismissed the idea as laughable. They even based off of a gossipy book with the same byline so I was feeling pretty safe in my assumption until I read that Aaron Sorkin wrote it. He does not write that kind of film so I was pretty conflicted on how I felt until I watched it. The actual film had themes that reminded me of Bret Easton Ellis novel and John Hughes movies. Basically, I am glad I was wrong about the trailer! It was a great film to watch.

  37. Also, side note: My brother went to Exeter (high school) with Mark Zuckerberg. Same graduating class and all. My brother thought he was such a douche that he refused to join Facebook until 2006.

  38. I really loved this film, except for the final act. It seems like we all knew that Justin Timberlake was going to turn out to be a total creepoid, so when the final axe drops, it’s not that surprising or effecting. Also we don’t really get to see Zuckerberg become disillusioned with him and realize that he’s a paranoid drug addict, it just kind of happens when Eduardo gets forced out, and then the movie is over (although that last scene with him alone in the conference room was a great way to end it). So we don’t really get to see Zuckerberg living with the effects of having screwed his best friend over in favor of an unstable cokehead who likes ‘em young, and I wish we could have seen him live a bit more with those effects, aside from just what we get in the deposition scenes.

    However, pretty much everything else about the film makes up for this. Fincher and Sorkin both brought their respective A-games, all the actors did very very good jobs (also the guy who played Dustin was totally Tim in the first “Jurassic Park” movie so yaaaay!), and on the technical side everything was perfect, from the cinematography to the editing to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s very creepy score. I award this movie 4.5 out of 5 Farmvilles! POKE!

    • I agree with you about the last act. I know a lot of people have complained it was too long but I think it was a bit short. I think we adequately see the aftereffects of him screwing over Eduardo played out in the many deposition scenes. But I was hoping for maybe one more scene involving Zuckerberg following the aftermath of the coke scandal beyond that final scene. It’s really the only thing I can think of that I disliked about the movie.

  39. I would just like to point out that the rowing race was directed, cut and shot FUCKING amazingly.

  40. I think it’s been brought up before, but I think I’ll mention it now that the door has been thrown wide open on Internet-themed moves: VIDEOGUM: THE MOVIE. Obviously it needs a snappier title, but it would probably be blow-your-mind amazing and I would definitely see it opening day and a couple of times afterward when the crowds died down a little.

  41. Remember when we found Da Cake Eatur on Facebook? And I added him because lolz?
    Well, he recently commented on one of my photos…

  42. A good and mostly true article about the movie’s shortcomings that articulates my thoughts better than I could:

  43. The way that they created the Winklevoss twins in the film is the REAL FaceMash.

  44. I really loved the film. it was so surreal. the rowing scene for godsake. but the winklevai were mesmerizing. it was almost like fantasy. i liked that aspect of the film, the surrealism of some of the characters and the dialogue and the look of haaaaarvaaaard etc. I did find the lack of positive female characters irritating and i think it will effect my ability to watch the film again. Sorkin’s answer to Cobert’s question is a fail to say the least as they decided to erase Zuckerberg’s real girlfriend from the story who i’m sure is an intelligent and perfectly suitable person to put in a movie and made up another girlfriend AND made her white AND put in a bunch of super sexist portayals of Asian women. If I was Zuckerberg or his fiance I would be offended by that.

  45. This movie seriously kicks so much ass.

  46. I like this movie as much as Steve Winwood has commented about this movie!

  47. “Comparing people like livestock.” = All social networking sites. Y/N?

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