The Social Network

Movie review from The Movie Snob

The Social Network (A-). This movie’s been out a while now, but I just now got around to seeing it. I don’t know why it took me so long. I think I was concerned my expectations would be too high after seeing so many good reviews. Plus, I was annoyed to read that parts of the movie, which is about the invention of Facebook, were apparently just made up by the filmmakers. Nevertheless, I found the movie completely absorbing. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg, Zombieland) is a Harvard freshman, a computer genius, and an utter misfit. His girlfriend dumps him in the first few minutes of the movie, and in a vengeful, drunken state, he concocts a website that will allow users to rate the attractiveness of the gals at Harvard. It quickly crashes the school’s computer system. Then, it’s on towards the behemoth we now know as Facebook. Zuckerberg got sued over Facebook in two different lawsuits, and much of the story is told through deposition scenes and flashbacks from those scenes. It all works, although Zuckerberg himself–so lacking in warmth and human understanding that he almost seems autistic–remains a mystery to the end. I’d be fascinated to know his side of the story.

12 comments on “The Social Network

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  2. […] runs away and falls in with a band of seven dwarfs.  A handsome but hapless prince (Armie Hammer, The Social Network) wanders blithely into the kingdom, and the queen decides she will marry him to get his riches and […]

  3. […] too much about the plot because of its twistiness, but the set-up is this.  Emily (Rooney Mara, The Social Network) is a depressed young woman patiently awaiting the day her husband Martin (Channing Tatum, 21 Jump […]

  4. […] of the Year. This was not a tough decision — the year’s highlight for me was The Social Network, the popular and critically acclaimed dramatization of the invention of Facebook. It’s an […]

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  6. […] up, Kathy H. and her best friends Ruth (Keira Knightley, Atonement) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network). It is a story of love, betrayal,and loss. Judging from the sniffling in the theater, I’d […]

  7. […] that can keep me entertained for 2 1/2 hours has to have something going for it.  Armie Hammer (The Social Network) has charisma to burn in the title role, and Johnny Depp (The Rum Diary) plays Tonto as a sort of […]

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  10. […] tour for that novel.  Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) plays Wallace, and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) plays Lipsky.  Wallace suffered from depression much of his life, and he committed suicide in […]

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