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If you have seen "The Social Network," what did you think?

Asked by gailcalled (54614points) November 6th, 2010

The audience in the small, old-fashioned theatre had trouble hearing the dialogue, particularly the first few minutes, which were key to the plot. Additionally, there were a lot of arcane Harvard jokes. And the roles of women were caricatures. Still, interesting in a frantic way. I guess it is fiction and not a documentary.

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gggritso's avatar

Absolutely loved it, for many reasons.

Firstly, the plot is quite an amazing story. To all the geeks out there (like myself) who have any exposure to programming and development this was a whirlwind ride. It’s a case story in what you can accomplish with dedication and a bit of luck. It also shows the Silicon Valley as an amazingly exciting place to live. It’s just a great, inspirational and motivational story.

Secondly, I quite liked the acting. I thought Jesse Eisenberg was great as Zuckerberg, and portrayed him in a way that was quirky, but still inspired respect and sympathy. I also really liked Armie Hammer as the Vinkelvoss twins. Even Timberlake did a good job.

Lastly, I loved the writing. The movie was full of witty dialogue and choice lines. I’ll definitely be watching this one again and again when it comes out on DVD.

gailcalled's avatar

(I too would like to rewatch it at home where I can fiddle with the volume.)

Apparently the book and then the film have a bias towards Eduardo Saverin’s POV, since he was available for interviews. Zuckerberg refused to talk to the filmmakers (surprise).

I wished I really understood what coding meant. I am a non-geek so missed a lot of the tech. side of the plot line.

And I was very taken with Timberlake, even before I knew who he was.

The little vignette of Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard, was brilliant.

gggritso's avatar

For those interested, Wired recently published a pretty in-depth article on the movie.

gailcalled's avatar

@gggritso: That was a thoughtful and clear article.

gasman's avatar

Brilliantly written—as one would expect from Aaron Sorkin. I think it’s definitely a contender for best picture, best adapted screenplay, and probably best director, best actor, & some supporting actor nods as well.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@gailcalled Coding is when you write the code for the program. So the begining of the code for this page looks like this:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC ”-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN”
<html xmlns=“” xmlns:fb=“” xml:lang=“en”>

<script type=“text/javascript”>var _sf_startpt=(new Date()).getTime()</script>
<title>If you have seen “The Social Network,” what did you think?</title>

<meta name=“description” content=“The audience in the small, old-fashioned theatre had trouble hearing the dialogue, particularly the first few minutes, which were key to the plot. Additionally”/>

<meta http-equiv=“Content-Type” content=“text/html; charset=utf-8” />


The creators write out what they want the website to look like, where they us jellies to be able to write, etc. Coding is the blueprint for computer programs.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I LOVED it. One of my favorite movies ever. Just brilliant. A modern-day Shakespearean tale. I hope it wins Best Picture. The Harvard jokes they explained for everyone who doesn’t go to Harvard, and I don’t think the women were any more caricatures than the men.

heresjohnny's avatar

I’ll echo the general sentiment and say I, too, really liked it. Definitely one of the best movies of the year, if not the best. I really like Jesse Eisenberg, and thought he did a very good job at portraying Zuckerberg as, as @gggritso said, quirky but still inspiring respect.

The dialogue (which is basically the whole movie) is awesome. It never gets bogged down, it almost feels like an action movie but with dialogue. I felt my heart racing a few times. Even though it’s a very fictionalized account, it’s still fantastic from just a filmmaking standpoint.

A little side note, I thought the rowing shots were pretty cool (except for one where you could clearly tell they weren’t together). I used to row, so it was nice to see that.

Marchofthefox's avatar

Coming from a sixteen year old, I think it was a really good movie and it was written really well and it the audio was indeed low. I think you would have to be interested in computers and coding servers and all the techincal things you would have to build a social networking site to really enjoy the movie (but that’s just me). At some parts of the movie I didn’t understand somethings they said.

Overall, it was a good movie, 4/5.

breedmitch's avatar

I thought it was a mostly boring movie about three lawsuits.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@breedmitch What was the third lawsuit?

breedmitch's avatar

The curly haired kid was suing his friend.
The twins were suing the curly haired kid.
The friend was suing the curly haired kid.
The twins were cute, but they could have taken their shirts off. That would have been better.
Those who think this film is Oscar worthy… that is just sad.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@breedmitch Um, the curly haired kid wasn’t suing anyone. And I have a hard time feeling like you really know if it’s good or bad when you don’t even know the main character’s name. But what, pray tell, do you think is Oscar-worthy, now that you’ve called me “sad”?

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