Thursday, October 7, 2010

Movie Review: The Social Network

The Social Network
PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and language
Running Time: 120 minutes
***Reminder: Uturn JH does not always endorse the movies reviewed, we do this to help students and families know about the content and messages within popular movies. We also hope to challenge you to evaluate your own entertainment choices.***
The Social Network is a well written film depicting the creation of the widely popular and culture-shifting social networking site, Facebook. Site creator, Mark Zuckerberg, is a student at Harvard when he's inspired to create a website that will allow college students to network with each other. The film shows how the creation of the site wasn't an easy process as he faced many lawsuits from peers wanting to sue him for stealing their concept. Zuckerberg also faces legal issues from former friends/business partners demanding their cut of the profits after some shady business decisions. It is interesting to see how Facebook was originally intended for college students, but quickly expanded and grew in popularity.
The entire movie is driven by its quick, witty, and intellectual dialogue, there is almost no action or special effects that would dazzle the eye. There may be a lot of students wanting to rush out to see this movie because they're on Facebook and would therefore be interested in seeing it and posting their thoughts on their Wall. Don't feel complelled to run out and drop tons of cash to see it on the big screen, it's lack visual excitement, superb writing, and great acting will translate to the same level of enjoyment on DVD/Blu-ray.
Look At Your Shoes Moments:
There are few scenes in the film that could have been skipped over, but when you're at the theater you just look at your shoes. Some scenes are set in parties or clubs where the ladies are dancing in their underwear or other skimpy clothes. In one scene two of the main characters have sexual encounters with ladies in a public restroom. No nudity is seen, but sexual acts are implied.
Final Thoughts:
After seeing The Social Network I was definitely inspired by the limitless possibilities of younger generations. Facebook wasn't started by business people, it wasn't created with the intention of altering our culture's daily habits or vernacular, and it wasn't exploited to fill their wallets. These young students wanted to use their talents and technology to create something that people would use and think was cool. It seems so easy for our culture to overlook the young because they lack the proper amount experience, education, or grey hair. We can't forget to encourage and empower younger generations to operate in their God-given gifts, talents, and calling. We don't know the potential of a young person, so how dare we disregard them. I'm a firm believer that we need to constantly be in relationships that allow ourselves to be mentored by the older, but we must remember to build relationships and mentor those younger than ourselves.

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