The Social Network

The Social Network

David Fincher (2010)

12A Certificate
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The foundation of online phenomenon Facebook comes in for scrutiny in this fact-based drama, which turns the site's formative years into a morality tale for our times. Computer-science student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg, giving a subtly commanding performance) is an unloved outsider at Harvard in 2003, but finds a way of circumventing the university's traditional elite by creating the networking technology that eventually makes him one of the world's youngest billionaires. Along the way, there's camaraderie, betrayal, class tension and much litigation: both his one-time best pal Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield, providing the conscience of the piece) and super-snooty rivals the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer, in a dual role) sue for their slice of an increasingly large pie. The dazzling wordplay from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (TV's The West Wing) and David Fincher's intensely focused direction work in concert to favour character conflict over computer geekery, digging deep to elucidate the story's essential tensions between greed and loyalty, and online and real-world friendship. It's riveting stuff, not least when Justin Timberlake swaggers on as cocksure internet visionary Sean "Napster" Parker. Most significant though, is how this brilliantly assembled cautionary tale gets straight to the heart of the human needs and failings underpinning dizzying technological advancement, creating one of the truly defining films of its era.


Fact-based drama following internet billionaire Mark Zuckerberg's rise to wealth and fame. An online prank played on an ex-girlfriend gives Harvard student Zuckerberg the idea for Facebook, which soon expands away from the famous university into a worldwide phenomenon. However, in getting his project off the ground, he makes enemies of those who helped him along the way. With Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

Cast & Crew

Mark Zuckerberg Jesse Eisenberg
Eduardo Saverin Andrew Garfield
Sean Parker Justin Timberlake
Dustin Moskovitz Joseph Mazzello
Erica Albright Rooney Mara
Marylin Delpy Rashida Jones
Christy Brenda Song
Cameron Winklevoss / Tyler Winklevoss Armie Hammer
Tyler Winklevoss Josh Pence
Divya Narendra Max Minghella
Chris Hughes Patrick Mapel
Sy John Getz
Amy Dakota Johnson
Alice Malese Jow
Billy Olsen Bryan Barter
Gage David Selby
Ad executive Aaron Sorkin
Peter Thiel Wallace Langham
Director David Fincher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Oct 2010