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Russ Says: Get Off Your Computer & Check Out ‘The Social Network’ — I Give It Four Out Of Five Pokes!

Sat, October 2, 2010 12:25pm EDT by Russ Weakland 3 Comments

My prediction: It’s time to press the “Like” button! If you enjoy watching films that are completely relevant to today’s world and have some of the hottest men in Hollywood, you will LOVE this movie about the creation of Facebook!

When David Fincher makes a film, whether it be Seven, Fight Club or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, you are in for a pretty intense and enjoyable movie-going experience. If you expected a film about Facebook to be all about boring status updates, think again! (Plus, as an added bonus, you see Justin Timberlake with his shirt off!)

Here’s the rundown: Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, who just happens to be the overly smart Harvard student that may (or may not) have created what we all know as Facebook. He also has few friends along the way who become his enemies as he battles both internally and externally for what is right and what is wrong: Andrew Garfield (who is the future Spider-Man), Rooney Mara (who will be The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Justin Timberlake round out the ensemble cast.

Now, let’s first talk about Andrew Garfield. Originally, I was convinced that the 27-year-old actor was a TERRIBLE choice to play the future Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man film. But let me be the first to tell you I was wrong — he knocks his role as Mark Zuckerberg‘s best friend, Eduardo Saverin out of the park! By the time The Social Network ends, you’ll want to award him Best Supporting Actor.

Justin Timberlake easily could have been the crutch in the nearly flawless film, but he surprisingly held his own on screen. His portrayal of Sean Parker — the womanizing creator of the former fad, Napster — shows that he has a solid future in film. He doesn’t seem at all like a newbie actor — I completely believed Justin was the savvy business man who helped Facebook transform into a major force, while also battling drug addiction.

If you want your October to start off with a bang and you want to spend your hard earned money on something other than Farmville upgrades, you should absolutely head to the theater and see The Social Network. There’s only one reason NOT to see this movie — and that’s movie theater concession prices. I give it four out of five pokes, for sure!

PS – For all the guys, there definitely are some bonuses for you! While your girlfriend drools as she watches Justin, Jesse and Andrew, you’ll equally enjoy both Rooney Mara and Brenda Song.


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