Social Not-working

My review of The Social Network

This film should really have left me feeling better about something. Even if it were just liking the director or writer more than I already did. Did, in the past tense.

But I had no such luck when I saw The Social Network last night. I found the film flaccid, indulgent and it confirmed Aaron Sorkin has a bag of chips on his shoulder.

The film was an uninteresting tale, written well enough that you nearly didn’t notice how dry the subject matter or acting was, and all designed to attract a ready-made audience of 500million registered users.

The machine that makes movies just combined a few skilled tradesmen and spat out a palatable, marketable 90 minutes of slick pap.

Then, Sorkin appeared at the Golden Globes and said something that made my stomach literally churn…

“‘And I want to thank all the female nominees tonight for helping demonstrate to my young daughter that elite is not a bad word, it’s an aspirational one. Honey, look around, smart girls have more fun, and you’re one of them.'”

As this blog ( says,

Hmm. I wonder what Sorkin thinks of the word “pretentious”?

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