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THE SOCIAL NETWORK:

In my humble opinion, The Social Network is one of last year’s two best films (along with Dinner For Schmucks, of course. For people who don’t comprehend sarcasm, that’s a joke. My other favorite feature of 2011 is actually Inception.) Why does it deserve all its current accolades? In a mathematical nutshell: A kickass director + a killer cast + an ultra-clever writer whose script is “based on a true story” = success.

 

Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay is smart, unique and downright funny. Sorkin’s dialogue is equally effective in comedic moments, such as when one of the twins who are suing Zuckerberg craves violent revenge (“What’s there to think about? I’m 6-5, 220 and there’s 2 of me.”); as in dramatic scenes, like in the opening when Zuckerberg’s girlfriend dumps him (“You are going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.”)

David Fincher’s direction is intriguing and unpredictable; he knows exactly how to balance his film’s development   and his protagonist’s development. The cast is superb, highlighted by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones and Armie Hammer (Who plays both twins and annoys me…only because my wife has a crush on BOTH twins.) The film makes Mark Zuckerberg about as likable as Tony Clifton and as asexual as Paula Poundstone; but you keep watching to see how he’ll react to his next obstacle. I give it a solid 9 out of 10. For a negative review of The Social Network, visit Myspace.

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