You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
120 min, USA:121 min
2.35 : 1
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language.
Social Network, Website, Billionaire, Facebook, Three Word Title
Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Has Detailed Data (New)
1, 2, 3, 7, 8
Count - Awards
Psychological Drama, Biopic [feature]
Faltering Friendships, Inventors, Ladder to the Top
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, the film portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the other principals involved in the website's creation. Neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook staff were involved with the project, although Saverin was a consultant for Mezrich's book. The film was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 1, 2010.
In 2003, Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is dumped by his girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara). While drinking in his dorm room later that night, Mark insults Erica on his blog and creates an on-campus website called Facemash. This website allows users to rate the attractiveness of female students and uses pilfered photographs. Mark receives six months of academic probation after traffic to the site crashes parts of Harvard's network. Facemash's popularity brings Mark to the attention of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (both portrayed by Armie Hammer) and their business partner Divya Narendra (Max Minghella). The Winklevoss twins invite Mark to their final club, where Mark accepts a job as programmer for a proposed dating website they call Harvard Connection which will be exclusive to Harvard alumni.
Mark approaches his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and tells him of his idea for what he calls "Thefacebook", an online social networking website exclusive to Harvard University students. Eduardo agrees to help Mark, and provides $1,000 to help start the site. They distribute the link to Eduardo's connections at the Phoenix S-K final club, and it becomes popular throughout the student body. When they learn of Thefacebook, the Winklevoss twins and Narendra believe Zuckerberg has stolen their idea while stalling on their website. Tyler and Divya want to sue Mark for intellectual property theft, but Cameron convinces them to settle the matter as "Gentlemen of Harvard".
During a visiting lecture by Bill Gates (Steve Sires), fellow Harvard University student Christy Lee (Brenda Song) introduces herself and her friend Alice (Malese Jow) to Eduardo and Mark and asks the boys to "Facebook me". Christy's use of this phrase impresses both of them. Christy invites them to a bar, where Mark runs into Erica. Mark tries to apologize for the Facemash incident, but Erica coldly rebuffs him. As Thefacebook grows in popularity, Mark decides to expand the site to Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University. Cameron refuses to sue them, and instead accuses Mark of violating the Harvard student Code of Conduct. The Winklevosses meet with Harvard President Larry Summers (Douglas Urbanski), who is dismissive towards the twins and sees no potential value in either a disciplinary action or in Thefacebook website itself.
Through Christy, now Eduardo's girlfriend, Eduardo and Mark arrange a meeting with Napster co-founder Sean Parker (
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language