The Social Network

Facebook: you can’t live with it, and you most definitely can’t live without it.  People all over the world – students, parents and even some grandparents – have been exposed to this social networking site and do not plan to stop.

The tagline, “You don’t get to 500 million friends

without making a few enemies,” was the foundation behind this story.  The newly released movie, titled “The Social Network,” takes audiences behind the scenes and exposes the lives and lawsuits between Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Tyler and  Cameron Winklevoss and Sean Parker, who all had a part in the creation of Facebook.

The movie begins with Zuckerberg and his girlfriend drinking a pint of beer in a bar near Harvard’s campus.  The scene then quickly moves to his dorm room after an all too cliché break up. An angered Zuckerberg begins blogging about his now former girlfriend and continues to publish multiple updates on his feelings for the world to see. The backstabbing “seed” has just been planted.

The plot continues on with the creation and attempted exposure of other less popular networking sites. The story then picks up with the start of what was originally known as “Thefacebook” and takes off from there.

Brenda Song made a cameo  appearance in “Social Network.” Considering the “good girl” roles she has played with other Disney stars, including Vanessa Hudgins, her “good-girl gone bad” role when she seduced a Facebook CFO in the bathroom of a bar was completely unexpected.

Justin Timberlake also makes an appearance as Sean Parker, creator of Napster and a Facebook business partner, and the amount of manipulation (and drugs, alcohol and sex) he gets away with is frightening. So much for the boy-band member of N*Sync we once knew.

Although it became somewhat difficult to sit still by the time the 90-minute mark approached, the witty and highly sarcastic humor of the movie held the audience’s attention.

The masterminding behind the whole process of Facebook creation, execution and backstabbing was all shown in this dialogue-based, yet awkwardly funny, film.  If it weren’t for the dry humor and bitterly sarcastic remarks made by the cast, “The Social Network” would not have been as big of a success as it was.

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