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That movie about facebook

So, as Nick and I were watching the Oscars, we got a little bit bored about a lot of it so we decided a good thing to do would be to watch a movie while we watched the Oscars. It was a complicated endeavor, especially because my television is 1 million years old and the mute button was being cranky and because sometimes you just can’t tell if what’s happening on muted television is interesting or not. In any case, we made it through The Social Network as we watched James Franco and Anne Hathaway be totally awkward Academy Awards hosts.

When I saw the trailer for The Social Network I thought it looked like the worst movie in the whole world. Okay, not the worst movie in the whole world, but I thought it looked totally cheesy and melodramatic and lame. Then everyone I knew saw it (while I stubbornly refused to), and they all said it was the best ever. “THE BEST EVER???” I thought. “IMPOSSIBLE. DID YOU SEE THE TRAILER?” Then it was all up for best picture, and people were saying it would WIN and I was all, “IMPOSSIBLE. DID YOU SEE THE TRAILER???????” Anyway, as the Oscars got going, Nick and I decided to start watching it on the internet in a totally legal way.

I’m not going to lie, I still don’t get it. Maybe part of it was that I watched it while watching something else (the Oscars) but I’m pretty sure it’s just because I didn’t really like it. I guess also part of it might have been that it was over-hyped by everyone on the planet, but again, I think that it was actually lacking in some areas. For example, none of the characters are endearing, except for Eduardo, and I didn’t care at all about Mark because he’s a total jerk. I also just couldn’t get invested in the drama of it all. I don’t care about your legal issues because you cheated everyone you know out of some of the cred. And why doesn’t Rashida Jones get to say more things? I liked her in The Office.

On top of that, when M. Zuckerberg was all whining about not wanting to put ads on facebook all I could think about were all the ads all over facebook and how it’s creepy that it thinks it knows what I want / should lose weight / buy baby cribs. Anyway. Whiny whiny whiny rich kids fooling around with the internet blah blah whiny rich kids and whiny not-as-rich-Mark whiny whiny JT’s crazy whiny whiny hot babes are crazy too whiny whiny whiny law suits.

I didn’t hate the movie. In fact, I kinda almost liked it. I do think it’s totally overrated and over-hyped, however, and anyone who says that it deserved Best Picture is almost as crazy as all the people insisting that Inception deserved it (also an over-hyped, overrated movie).

Go watch it if you thought the trailer looked great or if you think law suit internet drama is cool, though.

P.S. Because I mentioned Nick earlier, he would like you to know that he thoroughly enjoyed The Social Network. He thinks “it’s a very important subject to know the story behind, it had very good music and acting, and, um, it’s compelling to compare the way that these privileged white boys strive for personal excellence and my own dreams of success.”

P.P.S. Rotten tomatoes thinks “Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.”

P.P.P.S. “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Why are taglines so often the worst?