The film tells the story of how a group of young students created modern day social media when they started the website, Face book. When Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg, is dumped by his girlfriend he goes on an alcohol fueled search for revenge. After writing a blog bashing his ex, he creates an on-campus website that asks has individuals rank the beauty of different female students. The website draws so much traffic that it crashed the University's servers.
He's put on academic probation by the school. The stunt drew the attention of the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler. The twins offer Mark a job designing a dating website for Harvard students. Mark had bigger plans; he solicited some start up money from his friend Eduardo Saverin. Mark and Edward move forward. They even join forces with Napster co-founder, Sean Parker.
The popularity of the website explodes beyond Harvard and expands to other universities. Zuckerberg and Parker relocate to California to lay the foundation of the business. Parker and his investors trick Saverin out of his share of company stock and thing quickly grow bigger than any of them could ever imagine.
The film is intercut with different phases of litigation in various lawsuits. A lawyer on Zuckerberg's defense team, Marylin Delpy, stands with him to fight charges of fraud and intellectual property theft from Saverin and the Winklevoss twins.
Jess Eisenberg stars as Zuckerburg and he is joined by an all star cast. The film also features Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, and Rashida Jones as Marylin Delpy.
"The Social Network" won several Golden Globe Awards including the award for best motion picture-drama, best director, best screen play, and best musical score. It was also nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three.