Facemash the Nation

Remember when everything Aaron Sorkin wrote was great? And then it wasn’t? Well, he’s back. The dialogue in “The Social Network” is snappy and crisp, just like Sorkin at his best. The film recounts the story of two lawsuits stemming from the creation of Facebook.

The actors delivering the lines are good too, especially Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg. Trivia buffs like me will recognize the last names of Max Minghella (son of Anthony Minghella), Rooney Mara (great-granddaughter of NFL titans Art Rooney and Tim Mara) and Armie Hammer (great-grandson of Armand Hammer). Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton) plays a lawyer in the “flash-forward” scenes.

I wondered how much was true and how much was fictionalized. According to MTV.com, Sorkin had some inside information from a movie star who attended Harvard in the years just before The Facebook was invented. Natalie Portman dated a member of the Porcellian Club and told Sorkin about it over dinner. An excellent article in the Harvard Crimson explains that the film was based on a book that heavily utilized interviews with Eduardo L. Saverin.

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