The Social Network


PG-13, 120 minutes

Who would’ve thought a few short months ago that a verbose drama about computer nerds would end up as the front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar?

But it’s true: “The Social Network,” which contains zero sex or violence, and consists mostly of legal depositions and flashbacks of college kids hunched over computers, was the best movie of 2010.

It’s the story of the founding of Facebook, an experiment to link college students on the Web, and became a phenomenon – and a company worth billions. It might not surprise you that Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder who was recently named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, was not universally liked by those who knew him.

Especially those who ended up suing him.

The movie, which is a self-conscious evocation of “Citizen Kane,” may not bear much resemblance to the actual Zuckerberg, in the same way that Orson Welles’ opus was a fictionalized account of another media mogul, William Randolph Hearst.

But in a performance of contrasting attraction and repulsion, Jesse Eisenberg paints a portrait of a young man who would change the world by bringing friends together, even as he pushed his own away.

I’m double-clicking “like” on this one.

Movie: A