Rashida Jones’ character in the film, attorney Marylin Delpy, gives Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) a pat on the back as the lawsuits wind down, saying “every creation story needs a devil.” It is abundantly clear, from this version of the story, who the devil is when it comes to the creation of Facebook. It’s no secret that a lot of people hate Mark Zuckerberg, but it occurs to me that the person who seems to hate him the most is Zuckerberg himself.
In 2003 Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard undergrad with few friends and fewer girlfriends. He dreams of quitting his loathed Jewish fraternity and joining—rather being asked to join—one of the exclusive clubs frequented by fourth generation Harvard wasps. When his only friend Eduardo (Andrew Garfield) is invited to join, Mark’s envy is palpable. After gaining some notoriety for starting a website that compared girls based on attractiveness, he garners the attention of twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer). They have an idea for a social networking website where Harvard students can exclusively interact.
At this point in the film several things seem clear: 1) The Winklevoss twins came up with the idea, but were not capable of writing the code or creating the site. 2) Mark Zuckerberg, with his business partner Eduardo, took their idea, improved upon it and called it The Facebook, hence lawsuit number one. Next Mark gets into bed with very shady Napster creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). Facebook becomes the juggernaut that it is and people start getting rich and people start getting screwed, hence, lawsuit number two. As the tagline says: You don’t get to five million friends without making a few enemies.
The film paints in black and white a story that obviously had many shades of gray, with Zuckerberg portrayed as a self-loathing nerd who wants nothing more than to fit in with the Greenwich crowd, Eduardo as a decent guy led like a lamb to the slaughter and the twins as these giant Arian rowers who were forced to take the low road. I don’t know what really happened, but this version is a very interesting take.