History Film / TheSocialNetwork

18th Oct '17 1:49:31 AM The12thDoctor
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[[caption-width-right:250: The face that started it all...]]

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13th Aug '17 10:29:56 AM kquinn0830
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* JerkassHasAPoint: While Sean is morally reprehensible, his business advice actually seems to work. Namely, while Eduardo is focused on trying to get advertisers for the site, Sean is more experienced in the tech industry and knows that the best way to maximize Facebook's value is to get venture capitalists like Peter Thiel to invest in the site and grow its user base to the millions ''before'' monetizing it with ads.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint:
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While Sean is morally reprehensible, his business advice actually seems to work. Namely, while Eduardo is focused on trying to get advertisers for the site, Sean is more experienced in the tech industry and knows that the best way to maximize Facebook's value is to get venture capitalists like Peter Thiel to invest in the site and grow its user base to the millions ''before'' monetizing it with ads.
** Larry Summers is openly dismissive and condescending of the Winklevii during their meeting, but he's right that another student stealing their business idea is more suited for suing him in court rather than asking the university president to do something about.
13th Aug '17 10:22:04 AM kquinn0830
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After the deposition with Eduardo is over, Marilyn asks Mark what happened to Sean after he was kicked out of Facebook following his arrest. Mark tells her he still owns 5% of the company.
13th Aug '17 9:00:17 AM kquinn0830
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** {{Hypocrite}}:
-->'''Mark:''' [''after the opposing lawyer asks if he has Mark's full attention''] I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have a right to give it a try, but there's no requirement I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention. You have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing something no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing. [[IResembleThatRemark Did I adequately answer your condescending question?]]
** It probably offends Mark to no end that the Winklevoss twins lawsuit accusing him of stealing the basic idea of Facebook from them implies that Mark is not as clever or intelligent as he thinks he is.



** {{Hypocrite}}:
-->'''Mark:''' [''after the opposing lawyer asks if he has Mark's full attention''] I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have a right to give it a try, but there's no requirement I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention. You have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing something no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing. [[IResembleThatRemark Did I adequately answer your condescending question?]]
** It probably offends Mark to no end that the Winklevoss twins lawsuit accusing him of stealing the basic idea of Facebook from them implies that Mark is not as clever or intelligent as he thinks he is.



* JerkassHasAPoint: While Sean is morally reprehensible, his business advice actually seems to work.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: While Sean is morally reprehensible, his business advice actually seems to work. Namely, while Eduardo is focused on trying to get advertisers for the site, Sean is more experienced in the tech industry and knows that the best way to maximize Facebook's value is to get venture capitalists like Peter Thiel to invest in the site and grow its user base to the millions ''before'' monetizing it with ads.
11th Aug '17 8:48:41 AM Jhonny
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** Eduardo's great flaw is that he can be incredibly passive-aggressive and vindictive when someone crosses him. Pointing out that he hadn't grabbed any investors yet was enough for him to take his ball and go home. While it comes off as a CMOA, his reactions [[spoiler:after Mark and Sean dilute his shares to nothing]] is essentially that of a child whose been told he can't play in the sandbox anymore. Of course [[spoiler:that still doesn't justify the way Mark and Sean screwed him over.]]

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** Eduardo's great flaw is that he can be incredibly passive-aggressive and vindictive when someone crosses him. Pointing out that he hadn't grabbed any investors yet was enough for him to take his ball and go home. While it comes off as a CMOA, his reactions [[spoiler:after Mark and Sean dilute his shares to nothing]] is essentially that of a child whose who has been told he can't play in the sandbox anymore. Of course [[spoiler:that still doesn't justify the way Mark and Sean screwed him over.]]
10th Aug '17 11:15:14 AM xcountryguy
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* AudienceSurrogate: Marilyn, the junior lawyer.

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* %%* AudienceSurrogate: Marilyn, the junior lawyer.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Eduardo [[spoiler: when he decides to seek revenge on Mark and Sean by suing them for all their worth after they stab him in the back.]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Eduardo [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he decides to seek revenge on Mark and Sean by suing them for all their worth after they stab him in the back.]]



* BreakTheCutie: Eduardo.
* BreakTheHaughty: Mark.

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* %%* BreakTheCutie: Eduardo.
* %%* BreakTheHaughty: Mark.



** Or possibly earlier, when [[spoiler: Sean helped force out Eduardo: it's implied that Mark may have been responsible for the arrest]].

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** Or possibly earlier, when [[spoiler: Sean [[spoiler:Sean helped force out Eduardo: it's implied that Mark may have been responsible for the arrest]].



* DeadpanSnarker: Mark. Also, Harvard President Larry Summers in his verbal beatdown of the Winklevoss brothers.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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Mark. Also, Harvard President Larry Summers in his verbal beatdown of the Winklevoss brothers.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the final scene where Marilyn, the junior lawyer on Mark's team explains to him how easy it would be for her to win the cases against him, she mentions how she doesn't have to prove anything, just ask the right questions that people will form the answers to in their own minds regardless of what he says. This is very much the trick the film uses too when it's making more serious implications about the actions of the characters. Did Mark steal Facebook? Did Mark [[spoiler: try to cheat Eduardo out of Facebook? Did Mark leak the story about the chicken, did he call the cops on Sean's party?]] Is he an asshole? The film never outright says any of it, just gets you wondering...

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the final scene where Marilyn, the junior lawyer on Mark's team explains to him how easy it would be for her to win the cases against him, she mentions how she doesn't have to prove anything, just ask the right questions that people will form the answers to in their own minds regardless of what he says. This is very much the trick the film uses too when it's making more serious implications about the actions of the characters. Did Mark steal Facebook? Did Mark [[spoiler: try [[spoiler:try to cheat Eduardo out of Facebook? Did Mark leak the story about the chicken, did he call the cops on Sean's party?]] Is he an asshole? The film never outright says any of it, just gets you wondering...



* EveryoneHasStandards: Mark is clearly made out to be a smug, antisocial {{Jerkass}} with [[SmallNameBigEgo a huge head]], but he's clearly not happy with Sean picking on Eduardo while [[spoiler: firing him.]] And while he has a notoriously low opinion of women, [[spoiler: Sean partying and doing drugs with a group of underage interns repulses him. Whether or not Mark ratted on him, it would clearly have been more than just as an executive decision.]]

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Mark is clearly made out to be a smug, antisocial {{Jerkass}} with [[SmallNameBigEgo a huge head]], but he's clearly not happy with Sean picking on Eduardo while [[spoiler: firing [[spoiler:firing him.]] And while he has a notoriously low opinion of women, [[spoiler: Sean [[spoiler:Sean partying and doing drugs with a group of underage interns repulses him. Whether or not Mark ratted on him, it would clearly have been more than just as an executive decision.]]



* {{Flashback}}

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** Eduardo's great flaw is that he can be incredibly passive-aggressive and vindictive when someone crosses him. Pointing out that he hadn't grabbed any investors yet was enough for him to take his ball and go home. While it comes off as a CMOA, his reactions [[spoiler: after Mark and Sean dilute his shares to nothing]] is essentially that of a child whose been told he can't play in the sandbox anymore. Of course [[spoiler: that still doesn't justify the way Mark and Sean screwed him over.]]

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** Eduardo's great flaw is that he can be incredibly passive-aggressive and vindictive when someone crosses him. Pointing out that he hadn't grabbed any investors yet was enough for him to take his ball and go home. While it comes off as a CMOA, his reactions [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Mark and Sean dilute his shares to nothing]] is essentially that of a child whose been told he can't play in the sandbox anymore. Of course [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that still doesn't justify the way Mark and Sean screwed him over.]]



* HeelRealization: Mark experiences this, [[spoiler: after Eduardo berates him and Sean in the office, along with Marilyn's speech towards him.]]

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* HeelRealization: Mark experiences this, [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Eduardo berates him and Sean in the office, along with Marilyn's speech towards him.]]



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Eduardo's scene in the Facebook office.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Eduardo's [[spoiler:Eduardo's scene in the Facebook office.]]



** In the audio commentary, Fincher states that he had conducted auditions and had read hundreds of Indian actors in several countries for the role, but settled on Max because of the "ambiguity" of his look - he cast a non-Indian actor to play an real-life Indian American character...[[UnfortunateImplications because he wasn't too "Indian"]].

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** In the audio commentary, Fincher states that he had conducted auditions and had read hundreds of Indian actors in several countries for the role, but settled on Max because of the "ambiguity" of his look - he cast a non-Indian actor to play an real-life Indian American character... [[UnfortunateImplications because he wasn't too "Indian"]].



* InsufferableGenius: Mark fits this to a capital T.

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* %%* InsufferableGenius: Mark fits this to a capital T.



** First scene has Mark telling Erica "I don't want to be friends." The movie ends with [[spoiler: Mark adding her as a friend on Facebook and waiting for her to accept.]]

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** First scene has Mark telling Erica "I don't want to be friends." The movie ends with [[spoiler: Mark [[spoiler:Mark adding her as a friend on Facebook and waiting for her to accept.]]



* TheLancer: Eduardo.

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* %%* TheLancer: Eduardo.



* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: Sean is good at emotionally manipulating Mark into doing some things.]]

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* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: Sean [[spoiler:Sean is good at emotionally manipulating Mark into doing some things.]]



* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Eduardo and Erica are this to Mark.]]

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* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Eduardo [[spoiler:Eduardo and Erica are this to Mark.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Mark, after seeing Eduardo's breakdown in the office.]]
* NerdsAreSexy

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Mark, [[spoiler:Mark, after seeing Eduardo's breakdown in the office.]]
* %%* NerdsAreSexy



* NiceGuy: Eduardo.
** BewareTheNiceOnes: When he calls out Mark.

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* %%* NiceGuy: Eduardo.
** %%** BewareTheNiceOnes: When he calls out Mark.



* OhCrap: Sean, when [[spoiler: the cops break up the party at the end and catch him with cocaine, which leads to his being fired from the company.]]

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* OhCrap: Sean, when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the cops break up the party at the end and catch him with cocaine, which leads to his being fired from the company.]]



* SelfServingMemory: See RashomonStyle. Lampshaded by Marilyn.

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* %%* SelfServingMemory: See RashomonStyle. Lampshaded by Marilyn.



* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Sean.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: The somewhat passive Marylin [[spoiler: effectively tells Mark what she thinks of him at the end.]]
* TragicHero: Mark.

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* %%* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Sean.[[spoiler:Sean.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: The somewhat passive Marylin [[spoiler: effectively [[spoiler:effectively tells Mark what she thinks of him at the end.]]
* %%* TragicHero: Mark.



* UnreliableNarrator: see Rashomon Style above.

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* %%* UnreliableNarrator: see See Rashomon Style above.



* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler: Mark does when on the phone with Eduardo, and Sean gives a somewhat calm but clearly shaky one speaking on the phone with Mark during his arrest.]]

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* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler: Mark [[spoiler:Mark does when on the phone with Eduardo, and Sean gives a somewhat calm but clearly shaky one speaking on the phone with Mark during his arrest.]]



* WeUsedToBeFriends: Mark and Eduardo were good friends as they worked together to make Facebook. When [[spoiler: Mark kicks Eduardo out of the company]], things go downhill.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Mark and Eduardo were good friends as they worked together to make Facebook. When [[spoiler: Mark [[spoiler:Mark kicks Eduardo out of the company]], things go downhill.



* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Christy Lee.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Mark may or may not have pulled this on [[spoiler: Sean]], by [[spoiler: possibly calling the cops on Sean's party, thus creating a situation where Sean would have to be fired to avoid embarassing the company.]] He also essentially did this to [[spoiler: Eduardo]] when he [[spoiler: diluted Eduardo's stake in Facebook down to a pittance]].

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* %%* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Christy Lee.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Mark may or may not have pulled this on [[spoiler: Sean]], [[spoiler:Sean]], by [[spoiler: possibly [[spoiler:possibly calling the cops on Sean's party, thus creating a situation where Sean would have to be fired to avoid embarassing the company.]] He also essentially did this to [[spoiler: Eduardo]] [[spoiler:Eduardo]] when he [[spoiler: diluted [[spoiler:diluted Eduardo's stake in Facebook down to a pittance]].
21st Jun '17 2:22:50 PM rockgecko
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* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Chrissy's crazy possessiveness over Eduardo is PlayedForLaughs, with Eduardo having to juggle a phone call while she sets his gift on fire treated in a goofy light. A common occurrence in Sorkin's works, a comedy scene with the genres inverted is nigh unthinkable.

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* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Chrissy's crazy possessiveness over Eduardo is PlayedForLaughs, with Eduardo having to juggle a phone call while she sets his gift on fire treated in a goofy light. A common occurrence in Sorkin's works, a comedy scene with the genres genders inverted is nigh unthinkable.
27th Feb '17 6:40:22 PM nombretomado
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** Zuckerberg's real diary was not on LiveJournal, but is depicted there in the film. [[http://twitter.com/bradfitz/status/26518065945 Brad was amused.]] LiveJournal is depicted with a derivative of the Xcolibur site scheme, which [[http://news.livejournal.com/65335.html did exist in 2003]], although the default was still Dystopia. The page closely resembles the actual light version of update.bml though the movie version lacked LJ's actual automatic timestamping.

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** Zuckerberg's real diary was not on LiveJournal, Website/LiveJournal, but is depicted there in the film. [[http://twitter.com/bradfitz/status/26518065945 Brad was amused.]] LiveJournal Website/LiveJournal is depicted with a derivative of the Xcolibur site scheme, which [[http://news.livejournal.com/65335.html did exist in 2003]], although the default was still Dystopia. The page closely resembles the actual light version of update.bml though the movie version lacked LJ's actual automatic timestamping.
27th Feb '17 12:15:03 AM gewunomox
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* MetaCasting: The co-founder of Napster, a site specializing in illegal downloading of music, is played by pop star JustinTimberlake; also, Parker is FamedInStory, and Timberlake is the biggest name in the cast.

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* MetaCasting: The co-founder of Napster, a site specializing in illegal downloading of music, is played by pop star JustinTimberlake; Music/JustinTimberlake; also, Parker is FamedInStory, and Timberlake is the biggest name in the cast.
26th Feb '17 2:07:40 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Cameron Winklevoss:''' Like my brother and I are in skeleton costumes chasing {{the karate kid}} around a high school gym.

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-->'''Cameron Winklevoss:''' Like my brother and I are in skeleton costumes chasing {{the Film/{{the karate kid}} around a high school gym.
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