Hi there J-14ers!
You know that feeling you get when you're doing your homework, but you're just so antsy because you can't wait to get it done so that you can go poke around Facebook and see what all your friends are up to? I get that all the time.
Let's face it -- for better or worseÂ -- Mark Zuckerberg's invention of Facebook has changed the way we live and interact with each other. And that's why I was so excited to see the movie The Social Network. I wanted to know the story behind this online addiction that rules my life more than it should.
Clearly, there's a ton of controversy about how the site was created. Clearly, there are several sides to this story and the movie only shows one. But clearly, that's what makes The Social Network such a compelling movie.
The movie follows college student Mark (played by Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg) as he deals with a breakup with a girl by blogging about it and eventually creating a site called Facemash that compares girls at his school in a face-off based on their photos. The overnight success of that site is what eventually led him to invent Facebook with the help of pals like Eduardo Saverin (played by future star of Spider-Man and my new crush Andrew Garfield) -- but exactly whose idea it was... whether it was Mark's or the brainchild of a secret society who asked Mark to help them with their site is up for question.
Who knew that inventing a cool web site could send someone into rockstar status? But that's exactly what happened to Mark on his campus. In fact, Mark and Eduardo started getting the attention of girls, including the fictitious Christy Lee played by The Suite Life of Zack and Cody's Brenda Song.
I still remember meeting and interviewing Brenda long before The Suite Life hit the air, so to see her in this hugely buzzed-about movie was so exciting. Not only am I so proud of seeing her in a film that just might be up for an Oscar come 2011, but I frankly was so thrilled (and slightly jealous) to see her in a scene sitting between Jesse and Andrew -- and across from Justin Timberlake, who plays Sean Parker. And boy did she hold her own! You go, girl!
And Brenda wasn't the only familiar face (well, besides Justin, of course). Malese Jow from Unfabulous and Gigantic played Christy's friend Alice and Joseph Mazello who was the little boy in Jurassic Park played Dustin Moskovitz (pictured above, far left).
With an all-star cast and a topic du jour real-life story -- there's no doubt The Social Network will continue to spark conversations about the way we socialize and the friends (and enemies) that got us there.
Did you see The Social Network? What did you think of it?
Can't wait to hear what you think!
Photo: Courtesy of Dave Allocca/Columbia Pictures