THE RUNDOWN: Out of break-up anger, Harvard U student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) decides to create FaceMash with the help of his best bud Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield): a site dedicated to rating the hotness of the girls on campus. While the site leads him to academic probation, it also leads him to twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer) and their pal Divya Narendra (Max Minghella), who want to create the Harvard Connection, a website connecting Harvard students. That night, Zuckerberg brings the idea of The Facebook to Saverin, which is pretty much the same thing as the Harvard Connection with a few features added. The site’s popularity explodes and with the help/setback of Napster co-founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and a substantial investment, Facebook is a step closer to what we know it as today. But when Saverin’s shares of the company are diluted, Saverin de-friends Zuckerberg in the form of a lawsuit. Oh, and remember the Winklevoss twins? They’re taking up the legal fight too.
WHY IT’S GOLDEN:The Social Network is Facebook embodied. And not just in the sense that it tells the story of how that particular website turned “friend” into a verb and made creeping in on someone’s personal business way too convenient. I’m talking about the fact that, just like the interwebs version of a partially-filled out address book, when you first heard about it, you totally wanted to boycott its lame-ass. Then after hearing your IRL friends go on about it like they did about JTT six years prior, you forced yourself to join/watch it. The rest is totally obsessive history. But unlike your unhealthy addiction to Farmville, you really shouldn’t feel bad for uh, liking, The Social Network. AT ALL. I mean, even if you took out the awesome acting (Jesse Eisenberg! Andrew Garfield! JT Timberlake!), badass directing (David Fincher is Tyler Durden), surreal score (Trent Reznor!?) and effortless editing, you’d still have a wicked-cool movie, thanks to the quick-witted, present-without-being-pretentious script courtesy of Aaron Sorkin (West Wing). This has to be the most zeitgeist-y movie of the decade as it perfectly encapsulates the anti-social social movement that is the bread and butter of countless BBM-addicted co-eds and computer screen queens everywhere. – Emily