Social Network

Social Network

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Director: David Fincher

Cast: David Fincher, Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield


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Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven) teams with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) to explore the meaning of success in the early 21st century from the perspectives of the technological innovators who revolutionized the waySee more details below

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Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven) teams with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) to explore the meaning of success in the early 21st century from the perspectives of the technological innovators who revolutionized the way we all communicate. The year was 2003. As prohibitively expensive technology became affordable to the masses and the Internet made it easy to stay in touch with people who were halfway across the world, Harvard undergrad and computer programming wizard Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) launched a website with the potential to alter the very fabric of our society. At the time, Zuckerberg was just six years away from making his first million. But his hearty payday would come at a high price, because despite all of Zuckerberg's wealth and success, his personal life began to suffer as he became mired in legal disputes, and discovered that many of the 500 million people he had friended during his rise to the top were eager to see him fall. Chief among that growing list of detractors was Zuckerberg's former college friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), whose generous financial contributions to Facebook served as the seed that helped the company to sprout. And some might argue that Zuckerberg's bold venture wouldn't have evolved into the cultural juggernaut that it ultimately became had Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) not spread the word about Facebook to the venture capitalists from Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence) engage Zuckerberg in a fierce courtroom battle for ownership of Facebook that left many suspecting the young entrepreneur might have let his greed eclipse his better judgment. The Social Network was based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If The Social Network was, say, a link David Fincher posted on his Facebook page, you would like it, share it, and leave a comment along the lines of "OMG Greatest Thing EVER!!!!" (Because where would the Internet be without hyperbole?) But in this case, your enthusiasm would be entirely justified. Working from a jewel of a script by Aaron Sorkin, Fincher's examination of how socially awkward, brilliant computer programmer Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) made billions of dollars creating Facebook, and in the process alienated everyone who came close to him, opens with a sharply written breakup scene between Harvard sophomore Mark and his then-girlfriend. Written, delivered, and crisply edited with rapid-fire wit that recalls not just Sorkin's best work but rivals such classics as His Girl Friday, the scene explains everything you need to know about the film's off-putting antihero. Namely, he's hyper-intelligent, he's smug about that fact, and he can parse words -- his own and others' -- as finely as a lawyer arguing in front of the Supreme Court. After he's cluelessly callous to her, she dumps him, whereupon Mark drags his broken heart to his dorm room, starts drinking, blogs about how terrible she is, and creates a website where people rate the relative hotness of girls at Harvard. When his stunt crashes Harvard's Internet, Mark faces disciplinary action, but it also earns him enough notoriety that he gets a call from the Winklevoss twins, upperclassmen in good standing at Porcellian, one of the school's elite final clubs. They ask Mark to create a social-networking program for Harvard students, and he agrees. However, instead of shaping that site, Mark enlists some financial help from his best -- and only -- friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), and creates an even better version of that idea. He calls it "The Facebook," and after it goes live their creation takes over Harvard, and they soon expand to other college campuses. Although the fledgling company quickly finds its wings, trouble looms as the Winklevosses position to sue the company. Eventually the high-rolling, hard-partying Napster creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) sets his sights on Zuckerberg, worms his way into the inner circle, and attempts to get Saverin thrown out of the company. Now, with everybody suing everybody, and billions of dollars and broken friendships hanging in the balance, the principals shuttle back and forth between multiple lawsuits. One of the big reasons The Social Network remains enthralling from beginning to end is the spectacular work by the cast, who take full advantage of the flawless script. Eisenberg seizes the opportunity he's given, capturing and amplifying the worst aspects of Mark's personality, but all the while you never question the character's massive intelligence -- he seems like the kind of guy who would be able to create something as consequential as Facebook. He's an antihero, but we don't exactly root for or against him -- we just need to see what will happen to him. He's paired beautifully with Garfield, who makes Saverin's endless patience with the prickly -- and often pricky -- Zuckerberg not just virtuous, but sweet. Saverin is the audience stand-in, and when he gets his heart broken it's a chilling, if thoroughly expected, ending to a fascinatingly complicated friendship. Even Justin Timberlake finally lands a good part in a good film, and oozes smarmy charm so effortlessly that it's easy to see why someone as awkward as Mark would be drawn in by his high-energy BS. Visually, this might not be the kind of film we immediately think of when throwing around the term "Fincher-esque." Outside of a rowing race shot in a tilt-shift style that makes everything look like miniatures, there are no bravura sequences -- just whisky-soaked golden-brown interiors at Harvard, and sleek, cold meeting rooms where the characters are forced to give deposition after deposition. But the film's multiple thematic interests tickle Fincher's ongoing desire to tackle big ideas, and with elements such as the modern generation gap, the battle of the sexes, loyalty, and how the desire to get laid drives all social networks, rest assured this is, as the opening credits tell us, a David Fincher film. Nonetheless, it's also Aaron Sorkin's film. His dialogue here has a rhythm that not only allows the bon mots to hit for maximum comic effect -- you will remember many quotes from the movie -- but it also offers Eisenberg the chance to shine with a handful of monologues that are as potent and hard-hitting as the most entertaining diatribes in Paddy Chayefsky's Network. However, the film The Social Network most brings to mind is All the President's Men. Fincher takes a true story we already know the ending to and, with sizable help from Sorkin's razor-sharp characterizations and one-liners, creates a ceaselessly entertaining and compulsively watchable portrait of what may prove to be the defining social event of a generation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Disc 1: ; Audio commentary with David Fincher; Audio commentary with Aaron Sorkin & cast; ; Disc 2: ; How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook? - a feature-length documentary in four parts; David Fincher and Jeff Cronenweth on the visuals; Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter and Ren Klyce on Post; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and David Fincher on the Score; Ruby Skye VIP room: multi-angle scene breakdown; In the Hall of the Mountain King: Reznor's first draft; Swarmatron

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jesse Eisenberg Mark Zuckerberg
Justin Timberlake Sean Parker
Andrew Garfield Eduardo Saverin
Armie Hammer Cameron Winklevoss
Rashida Jones Actor,Marilyn Delpy
Max Minghella Divya Narendra
Josh Pence Tyler Winklevoss
Brenda Song Christy
Joseph Mazzello Dustin Moskovitz
John Getz Sy
David Selby Gage
Denise Grayson Gretchen
Douglas Urbanski Larry Summers
Rooney Mara Erica Albright
Bryan Barter Billy Olsen
Patrick Mapel Chris Hughes
Barry Livingston Mr. Cox
Marybeth Massett Mrs. Cox
Henry Roosevelt Henry
Shelby Young KC
Nick Smoke KC's Friend
Cali Fredrichs KC's Friend
Steve Sires Speaker/Bill Gates
Malese Jow Alice
Victor Isaac Stuart Singer
Abhi Sinha Vikram
Mark Saul Bob
Cedric Sanders Reggie
Dakota Johnson Amelia Ritter
Inger Tudor Anne
Mariah Bonner Tori
Emma Fitzpatrick Sharon
James Shanklin Prince Albert
Alex Reznik Prince Albert's Aide
John Hayden Howard Winklevoss
Oliver Muirhead Mr. Kenwright
Wallace Langham Peter Thiel
Cayman Grant Peter Thiel's Assistant
Scott Lawrence Maurice
Jared Hillman Mackey
Caitlin Gerard Ashleigh
Peter Holden Facebook Lawyer
Darin Cooper Facebook Lawyer
Dustin Fitzsimons Phoenix Club President
Toby Meuli Phoenix Member Playing Facemash
Alecia Svenson Girl at Phoenix Club
Jami Owen Student Playing Facemash
James Dastoli Student Playing Facemash
Robert Dastoli Student Playing Facemash
Scotty Crowe Student Playing Facemash
Jayk Gallagher Student Playing Facemash
Carrie Armstrong Court Reporter
Randy Evans Student in Communications Office
Marcella Lentz-Pope Erica's Roommate
Trevor Wright B.U. Guy in Bra
Pamela Roylance Ad Board Chairwoman
Brian Palermo CS Lab Professor
Brett Leigh Phoenix Club Hazer
Chris Gouche Phoenix Club Pledge
Nancy Linari Larry Summers' Secretary
Aaron Sorkin Ad Executive
Kyle Fain Inern Eric
Christopher Khai Intern Ian
Courtney Arndt Victoria's Secrets Model
Felisha Terrell Beautiful Woman
Sarah Shane Adler Stoned Girl
Amy Ferguson Stoned Girl
Monique Edwards Bank Teller
Lacey Beeman Sorority Girl
Cherilyn Rae Wilson Sorority Girl
Caleb Jones Fraternity Guy
Franco Vega Policeman
Andrew Thacher Policeman

Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Kirk Baxter Editor
Curt Beech Art Director
Dana Brunetti Producer
Donald Graham Burt Production Designer
Ceán Chaffin Producer
Jeff Cronenweth Cinematographer
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Jim Davidson Associate Producer
Michael De Luca Producer
Aaron Haye Set Decoration/Design
Ren Klyce Sound/Sound Designer
Laray Mayfield Casting
Trent Reznor Score Composer
Atticus Ross Score Composer
Scott Rudin Producer
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Aaron Sorkin Screenwriter
Kevin Spacey Executive Producer
Bob Wagner Asst. Director
Angus Wall Editor
Jacqueline West Costumes/Costume Designer
Randy D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Jane Wuu Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Social Network (The Film)
1. Chapter 1 [7:34]
2. Chapter 2 [9:41]
3. Chapter 3 [7:04]
4. Chapter 4 [6:46]
5. Chapter 5 [3:40]
6. Chapter 6 [9:39]
7. Chapter 7 [6:26]
8. Chapter 8 [4:44]
9. Chapter 9 [4:36]
10. Chapter 10 [:08]
11. Chapter 11 [11:16]
12. Chapter 12 [6:47]
13. Chapter 13 [5:52]
14. Chapter 14 [8:53]
15. Chapter 15 [4:46]
16. Chapter 16 [9:05]

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