Directed and written by heavyweight talents David Fincher (Fight Club) and Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing), The Social Network opens in a busy bar, Mark Zuckerberg, soon-to be co-founder of Facebook, asks his girlfriend, Erica (Rooney Mara),
“How do you distinguish yourself?”
He’s desperate to join one of the universities exclusive clubs and in a fast talking conversation – with him mostly doing the talking, it is clear that he can’t socialise, dipping in and out of conversation leaving Erica adrift as he focuses on himself. Realising that Mark is self-obsessed, Erica admits, just before she dumps him,
“Dating you is like dating a stairmaster – it’s exhausting”
It’s a line typical of Sorkin’s wit but the opening scene and the question, “How do you distinguish yourself?” set the questions and tone for the movie.