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PEOPLE: Directed by David Fincher (Benjamin Button, Panic Room, Zodiac, Se7en, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake). Marc Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, is played by Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland, The Village, Roger Dodger). Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin is played by Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus). Sean Parker, creater of Napster, is played by Justin Timberlake (haha).

The girl who dumps him in the first scene of the movie is played by Rooney Mara, most recently seen in the Nightmare On Elm Street remake (playing Nancy Holbrook). She will be playing Lisbeth Salander in the Dragon Tattoo remake films. I don’t know that she’s a good choice for that, though.

The lawyer who offers him her salad is Rashida Jones, Jim’s out-of-town girlfriend from The Office (also in Parks And Recreation and I Love You,Man).

PLOT SUMMARY: A story about the origins of Facebook. Based on a book.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Asshole geek violates privacy, earns billions, fucks over only real friend.

VISUALS: Visually, there’s nothing special about this movie. It’s just a bunch of college, office, and lawyer settings.

I had no clue that the Winklevoss twins involved visual effects: One’s face was replaced with the other in order to make them twins. Major special effects that weren’t even noticed. Good job.

SOUNDTRACK: Trent Reznor did the music for the film. We also get California Uber Allies by Dead Kennedys, and an industrial cover of Grieg’s “In The Hall Of The Mountain King”, created by Reznor and Atticus Ross.

MORALS/POLITICS: How much is really owed to someone who has an idea, if they don’t actually implement the idea? Indeed, the main conflict of the movie is a political and moral one. Does Marc Zuckerberg owe the twins money because he stole their idea? Even though their idea wasn’t unique? Does everyone who makes a recliner owe money to the first guy who thought of making recliners? I say no. And I pretty much always have. Ideas don’t mean shit, it’s the work of implementing them that counts.

GOOD STUFF: Interesting subject matter RE: Facebook, computers, and social networking. Even the Perl code on the screen for 2 seconds obviously did exactly what it was described as doing. (Yes, I stopped and read it over.) It was nice to see a movie with computers that actually had everything be completely realistic. It’s VERY VERY RARE for something like that to happen.

BAD STUFF: The subject matter is unfortunately quite dry.

CONCLUSION: Interesting, but not very exciting. The subject matter is, after all, a bit dry.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 8.3/10 (#144 of all time?!!? UNDESERVED!), Netflix: 4.3/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.1/5 stars–which is indeed a deviation in the correct direction).

RECOMMENDATION: Overrated but interesting, if you’re into computers and social networking and stuff like that. I find it hard to believe that someone not into computers and/or social networking would really be able to find this enjoyable.

MOVIE QUOTE: Erica Albright: You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.Music: South Park – O Holy Night