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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies, and you don’t make a movie this ambitious without making a few mistakes. But how can a movie about Facebook even be good? It can’t. This isn’t a movie about Facebook. It’s not even a movie about the guy who made Facebook. It’s about how in this day and age, friendship is so easily gained, and so easily deleted. However, the critics have gone out of control on this movie. I am here to tell you it isn’t as good as they say it is. It’s not our generation’s The Graduate or anything like The Godfather, as they would have you believe. It’s frankly not even close.  It is one of the better movies out this year, however, and that’s still pretty good.

There are a couple of bullet-points in this film that are true that add the framework for the story.  Everything in-between is pretty much made up, and it’s obvious.  If you actually think the parties at Harvard are that crazy you are out of your mind.  This is probably the thing I liked the least about the film. It tried to make the story seem sexy when there is not that much sexy about it.  A really smart guy expanded on an idea for a website that had been done before, and it was very successful. Along the way he lost his real friends and in a way, himself. I’m not sure why showing the dude getting drunk and laid so often was really necessary. It’s as if a really good film had sex with an episode of Jersey Shore and this movie was its bastard child.

The best part about the film was the dialogue.  At times it came off a bit pretentious and condescending, but most of the time we got some pretty entertaining witty banter provided by the main character.  He definitely comes across as the eccentric nerdy Harvard student that is capable of making waves with his programming.  He has to walk a delicate line of being a character we can root for, but also being a pretty big asshole.  He succeeds more on the asshole side of things and ends up being more like that friend you have that you don’t always invite out cause he’s kind of a jerk, but he’s still your friend. It makes for a very interesting character. They could have made him the plain, generic, and relatable character that we see so often but they didn’t. Although some may relate to his social struggles, he is a character that most should not relate to but almost feel sorry for.

The acting is frankly hit or miss. The three main characters played by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake (yeah I said it) are excellent. You can almost picture Garfield and Timberlake as being the little angel/devil that stand on Eisenberg’s shoulder telling him what to do. They represent different sides of him, and this triangle kept me interested.  The “miss” part is just about everybody else. I don’t want to go overboard but there were times where I questioned if they just called up all their buds and were like “Hey wanna be in a movie?” I mean come on, the minor characters put on Disney Channel caliber performances at best (AKA pretty bad). You can tell a bad actor when they don’t know what the difference between a character and a caricature is. There were a lot of caricatures in this movie and only a few characters. Luckily it was good where it mattered the most and actually being surrounded by bad actors made the good ones look even better.

It runs quite a bit too long and still manages to make the ending feel tacked on.  However, you can do a lot worse at the movies this year than this.  It has a message and you will be thinking about it for a few days after seeing it.  It is for that reason that I can highly recommend it. Just don’t expect some sort of generational classic.  I seriously doubt we will be talking about this movie 5 years from now, but it’s all anybody will be talking about for the rest of the weekend. Check it out.

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