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

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

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1 October 2010 (USA)  »

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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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In the opening sequence, when Mark opens his laptop, you will notice a 'K'-gear icon at the lower-left corner of the screen. That icon is what KDE uses for its version of the Start Menu (known sometimes as the K-menu) See more »

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The first three universities to have Facebook in the UK were Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews. Facebook came to London School of Economics (LSE) in a later roll-out to British universities. See more »

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[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
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Slick product of a cynical age
16 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Hollywood seem to have forgotten that to make an emotional investment in a film (and this is a long one, about 2 hours) we have to care about the characters and their story. Script writer Aaron Sorkin slickly moves his puppets about and has them say archly cynical things in his usual way but by the end the audience feels nothing but indifference.

Really, Hollywood thinks we all want to see a bunch of privileged, entitled people screw around then screw each other and we're supposed to care? These shallow self-interested people may be typical of Hollywood (and obviously connect with the critics who were almost unanimous in their praise) but in the real world people are more concerned about paying their bills not worried whether "entitled person A from Harvard" sues "entitled person B from Harvard" for xx million dollars.

Huge efforts have been made to make "The Social Network" as slick and self-consciously 'cool' as possible, so those suckered in the hype can delight themselves as to how smart they are getting it. The dialogue is sharp if unnatural (typically Sorkin) and delivered in rapid-fire fashion, sometimes (as in the opening scene) hard to follow (but the fans of this won't admit that, because that wouldn't make them smart enough); it is set in a subterranean darkness, much favoured by modern films (does nobody like daylight anymore?); it has a 'clever' (but dramatically distracting framing device; and a soundtrack designed more to sell CDs as to work on screen from the awful opening plinky plonky piano tune (representing what exactly?) to the loud inappropriate underpinning of the various scenes of drug taking or programming (the music makes no distinction between these activities).

In the end, we feel this is a typical product of the post-modern age: slick, shallow, cynical, derivative, dark and disposable.


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