Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Joseph Mazzello, Rooney Mara
Incorrectly pinned down as "the Facebook movie" before its release, The Social Network showed that, when in the hands of a mastermind like David Fincher, the backstabbing ways of annoying smart kids can make for riveting cinema. The film's script, written by industry heavyweight Aaron Sorkin, roars with razor-sharp dialogue, well-placed humor, and the seamless fusion of multiple viewpoints.
Even though the characters are irritating children of privilege, Jesse Eisenberg (as now-25-year-old billionaire Mark Zuckerberg) and Andrew Garfield are endlessly captivating, as is Justin Timberlake, finally answering the question, "Who's a better actor, JT or Lance Bass?" (2001's On The Line, anyone? Ahh, forget it.) —MB