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The Social Network (2010)

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Image credit: Merrick Morton

Details Release Date: Oct 01, 2010; With: Jesse Eisenberg; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

STARRING Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
WRITTEN BY Aaron Sorkin
DIRECTED BY David Fincher

Let's get this out of the way first: While it's been affectionately dubbed ''The Facebook Movie,'' The Social Network is not about, say, people tagging photos or poking friends. ''Facebook is to this movie what bicycles were to Breaking Away. It's a part of what we're talking about,'' says director David Fincher. ''But the movie is really about kids at Harvard and their wild dreams and wild ambitions, and how in some cases those are foiled.''

Specifically, The Social Network tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Zombieland's Jesse Eisenberg), the 26-year-old billionaire who started the site in his dorm room and turned it into a global Web empire — but not without thwarting plenty of his friends and classmates along the way. Once Zuckerberg's fortune was made, his onetime pal Eduardo Saverin (played by Andrew Garfield, who was just cast as the next Spider-Man) claimed he was forced out of the company they cofounded, while all-American twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence) accused Zuckerberg of stealing their idea.

Originally posted Aug 16, 2010