in about 100 words or less
US 120m, Colour
Director: David Fincher; Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Rashida Jones, Joseph Mazzello, Rooney Mara
The Social Network is based on Ben Mezrich’s novel, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009) – which, in title, pretty much summarizes this film. As the story of how Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook, Fincher has produced a surprisingly engaging and fast paced affair. While a biographical movie about a student computer programmer who uses technology to solve his social problems (and get girls), The Social Network has a lot more to offer than Revenge of the Nerds (1984), and in Mark’s case, as his girlfriend Erica points out: “you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd…it’ll be because you’re an asshole”. Funny, engaging, and very well acted, The Social Network is an amazing story, even with the dramatic license taken by the film (Klaus Ming February 2011).