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The Social Network Movie Review: An Initial Look at the Film

Written By David D'Angelo on Friday, October 1, 2010 | 10/01/2010

The Social Network Movie Review: An Initial Look at the Film - For many who are waiting for The Social Network which will be released October 1 you might get disappointed to know that this film had already been dubbed as a total makeover of the truth. All of those who had known and had a dealing with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will tell you that he is not a socially-awkward, insecure, devious, ego-maniac, as he is portrayed in The Social Network.

The film is only "40% true", says David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World.

With this development, we came to the question of film ethics. Will a biopic like this be allowed to be shown even if it distorts the truth? Can someone sue the directors and producers for such a misprotrayal of their characters?



Considering that The Social Network seems to have major inconsistencies including the portrayal of Napster co-founder Sean Parker as a person constantly plotting and scheming, which for those who knew him is totally the opposite.

The Social Network movie's other inconsistencies includes the portrayal of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the students who tried to get Zuckerberg to work on their website the HarvardConnection and who went on to row in the Olympics.

Interestingly, since The Social Network is based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires," of Ben Mezrich, Eduardo Saverin is portrayed as good character in the movie. Saverin co-operated with Mezrich on the book and is also the co-founder of Facebook and friend of Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook's reaction to the The Social Network review and its inconsistencies? Well here is what Facebook has to say.

The movie might be a sign that Facebook has become meaningful to people - even if the movie is fiction. What the movie may or may not contain is not what we're focused on. What matters more is building a useful, innovative service that people enjoy using to connect and share”


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