The Social Network

The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, based on the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. It portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, Armie Hammer as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Max Minghella as Divya Narendra. Neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook staff were involved with the project, although Saverin was a consultant for Mezrich's book.


On October 28, 2003, 19-year-old Harvard University sophomore Mark Zuckerberg is dumped by his girlfriend, Erica Albright. Returning to his dorm, Zuckerberg writes an insulting post about Albright on his LiveJournal blog. He creates a campus website called Facemash by hacking into college databases to steal photos of female students, then allowing site visitors to rate their attractiveness. After traffic to the site crashes parts of Harvard's computer network, Zuckerberg is given six months of academic probation. However, Facemash's popularity attracts the attention of twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and their business partner Divya Narendra. The trio invites Zuckerberg to work on Harvard Connection, a social network exclusive to Harvard students and aimed at dating. Zuckerberg approaches his friend Eduardo Saverin with an idea for the Facebook, a social networking website that would be exclusive to Ivy League students. Saverin provides $1,000 in seed funding, allowing Zuckerberg to build the website, which quickly becomes popular. When they learn of the Facebook, the Winklevoss twins and Narendra are incensed, believing that Zuckerberg stole their idea while misleading them by stalling development on the Harvard Connection website. They raise their complaint with Harvard President Larry Summers, who is dismissive and sees no value in disciplinary action on the Facebook or Zuckerberg.


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    award Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay César Award for Best Foreign Film National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation California Harvard College
    director David Fincher
    editor Angus Wall Kirk Baxter
    events Facebook Meta Platforms
    genre drama social
    keywords academic probation angel investor bank account build business partner cambridge cameron cameron winklevoss columbia university date deposition dilute disciplinary probation divya narendra dump eduardo saverin facemash hack harvard connection harvard university henley royal regatta hollandia roeiclub intellectual property intellectual property rights intellectual property theft ivy league larry summers live journal livejournal london school of economics lse mark zuckerberg napster oxford palo alto peter thiel sean parker social network social networking social networking service stanford university stock dilution tyler winklevoss university of cambridge university of oxford yale university
    musicBy Atticus Ross Trent Reznor
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Ceán Chaffin Dana Brunetti Michael De Luca Scott Rudin
    publisher Sony Pictures Releasing
    recordedAt Baltimore California Santa Monica
    theme biographical biographical drama legal legal drama narrative