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The Social Network preview

In Entertainment on September 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

By: Lauren Harper

Columbia Picture's new film, The Social Network, tells the scandalous story of the origin of Facebook and its creators. Photo courtesy Google images

The social networking website Facebook has become one of the most popularly used sites ever. With over 400 million users to date, Facebook is now not only a website used for people to connect with each other, but companies also use it as a marketing tool and encourage people to “add” them on the site. Millions of people use Facebook, but not very many know of its humble beginnings and scandalous background. In October, Columbia Pictures will release their new film The Social Network and in doing so, will reveal the juicy past of Facebook and its creators.

            Directed by David Fincher, The Social Network goes back to 2003, when Facebook was created, to begin its story. Main character and creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) is a student at Harvard University at this time, and wants more than anything to be a member of one of the prominent “final clubs” at the university. These all-male groups give the “exclusive” status for which Zuckerberg is vying. But Zuckerberg’s biggest problem is that he is a jerk, and with his great intelligence, puts himself higher above everyone he sees as inferior to him. With this being said, his mission is to find something to make himself stand out and obtain a prized spot in one of these prestigious clubs.

            When approached by two members of one of the final clubs to make a website compiling all of the Harvard women, Zuckerberg agrees to the plan thinking that this will the boost he needs to reach final club status. But in actuality, the site is a failure and later becomes a place for guys to rank the girls, earning him the disrespect of many of the females on campus, and the loss of his girlfriend.  As the movie proceeds, it tells of how Zuckerberg repeatedly tries to get things right, and the invention of his new website Facebook is one thing that works both for and against him in the end. To see what exactly happens to earn Zuckerberg both the fame and shame that came with his Facebook creation, be sure to check out The Social Network on October 1.

            The cast also includes actors like Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, and Brenda Song as Christy Lee. The Social Network has so far had great reviews, and Facebook users all over the world are sure to love this film about their favorite internet attraction. It took a lot to get Facebook to the standards it is in now and definitely did not begin as most people originally thought. Zuckerberg may not be as highly esteemed after the movie’s release, but as the film’s motto appropriately goes, “you don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”

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