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The Social Network
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

As an unabashed Facebook detractor, I surprisingly did not find myself hating this movie, even though this was my desire. However, I can positively affirm that the praise for this film is over-exaggerated. Direction and story are strong, but the acting is mediocre at best. I am perplexed as to how Jesse Eisenberg received critical accolades for his far-fetched portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg. Eisenberg characterizes Zuckerberg as a cutthroat, business-savvy, arrogant asshole who conducts himself in a manner befitting of one that instinctively knows (from the very inception of Facebook) that he will become rich, powerful, and famous as a result of bringing his God-forsaken, vacuous commodity to the masses. This is simply inaccurate, and it is the main reason why this movie isn't nearly as good as advertised. I will readily admit that I don't like Mark Zuckerberg, and this opinion probably wouldn't change if I were ever faced with the possibility of spending a significant amount of time around him, but I could conceivably envision being able to tolerate him to some degree. On the other hand, Zuckerberg as portrayed by Eisenberg in The Social Network is a contemptible little prick that I would be obligated to repeatedly punch in the face. Zuckerberg himself has stated that he is not the person that we see in the movie. Zuckerberg is a genius who possessed the computer know-how to bring a pirated idea for a new brand of social network to fruition, who would ultimately witness his stolen and soulless creation catch on like wildfire (much like MySpace and Friendster that preceded it). He was not a visionary by any stretch of the imagination, and he certainly didn't possess the business acumen to transform Facebook into the cultural juggernaut it has become merely by himself. The movie asserts that he had the assistance of an even larger asshole, Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), a nefarious character based on the real-life Napster founder, in accomplishing this Herculean feat. Timberlake turns in a convincing performance, and is a much better actor than I had surmised. I have a strong suspicion that the real Sean Parker is nothing like the Timberlake version, though. Not nearly as cool. This film over-dramatizes actual events in attempt to appeal to the general populace. I guess the tactic worked. I am feeling generous, so I will give this film three stars, even though it probably deserves fewer.