INT. CAMPUS BAR - NIGHT
ERICA (V.O. )
FROM THE BLACK WE HEAR--
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
May 28, 2009
Did you know there are more people with
genius IQ's living in China than there
are people of any kind living in the
That can't be true.
it is true.
What would account for that?
Well first of all, a lot of people live
in China. But here's my question:
MARK ZUCKERBERG is a sweet looking 19 year old whose lack of
any physically intimidating attributes masks a very
complicated and dangerous anger. He has trouble making eye
contact- and sometimes it's hard to tell if he's talking to you
or to himself.
ERICA, also 19, is Mark's date. She has a girl-next-door face
that makes her easy to fall for. At this point in the
conversation she already knows that she'd rather not be there
and her politeness is about to be tested.
The scene is stark and simple.
How do you distinguish yourself in a
population of people who all got 1600 on
I didn't know they take SAT's in China.
I wasn't talking about China anymore, I
was talking about here.
You got 1600?
You can sing in an a Capella group.
Does that mean that you actually got
Or you row crew or you invent a 25 dollar
Or you get into a final club.
Or you get into a final club, exactly.
I like guys who row crew.
Well I can't do that. And yes, it means I
got nothing wrong on the test.
Have you ever tried?
I'm trying now.
To row crew?
To get into a final club. To row crew?
No. Are you, like--whatever--crazy?
Sometimes, Mark-seriously-YOU say two
things at once and I'm not sure which one
we're talking about.
But you've seen guys who row crew, right?
Okay, well.. they're bigger than me.
They're world class athletes. And a
second ago you said you like guys who row
crew so I assumed you'd met one.
I guess I meant I liked the idea of it.
The way a girl likes cowboys.
The Phoenix is good.
This is a new topic?
It's the same topic.
We're still talking about the finals
Would you rather talk about something
It's just that since the beginning of
the conversation about finals clubs I
think I may have had a birthday.
We can change the subject.
(can't get over it)
There are more people in China with genius
IQ's than the entire population of--
It's about exclusivity.
The final clubs. And that's how you
distinguish yourself. The Phoenix is the
most diverse. The Fly Club, Roosevelt
punched the Porc.
The Porcellian, the Porc, it's the best
of the best.
I actually meant which Roosevelt.
Okay, well, which is the easiest one to
MARK takes a cigarette from a pack, lights it, takes a drag
and blows the smoke out before he says...
why would you ask me that?
I was just asking.
They're all hard to get into. My friend
Eduardo made $300,000 betting on oil
futures last summer and he won't get in.
Money or the ability to make it doesn't
impress anybody around here. Everybody
can do that.
He made $300,000 in a summer?
He likes meteorology.
You said it was oil futures.
If you can predict the weather you can
predict the price of heating oil. You
asked me that because you think the final
club that's easiest to get into is the
one where I'll have the best chance,
I've lost my place again.
You asked me which one was the easiest to
get into because you think that's where I
have the best chance.
The one that's easiest to get into would
be the one where anybody had the best
I just think you asked--the placement of
where you asked the question--
I was honestly just asking. Okay? I was
asking just to ask. Mark, I'm not
speaking in code.
You're obsessed with the finals clubs.
You have finals clubs OCD and you need to
see someone about this who'll prescribe
some sort of medication. You don't care
if side effects may include blindness,
okay, just do it.
Final clubs. Not finals clubs and there's
a difference between being obsessed and
Yes there is.
Well you do--that was cryptic--so you do
speak in code.
I didn't mean to be cryptic.
I'm saving I need to do something
substantial in order to get the attention
of the clubs.
Because they're exclusive.
And fun and they lead to a better life.
You think Teddy Roosevelt got elected
president because he was a member of the
He was a member of the Porcellian and yes
Maybe he sang in an a Capella group.
I want to be straight forward and tell
you that I think you should be a lot more
supportive. If I get in I'll be taking
you to the parties and you'll be meeting
people that you wouldn't normally get to
You would do that for me?
You're my girlfriend.
okay, well I want to be straight forward
and tell you that I'm not anymore.
What do you mean?
I'm not your girlfriend anymore,
Is this a joke?
No, I'm sorry, it's not.
You're breaking up with me?
You're going to introduce me to people I
wouldn't normally get to meet? What the
fuck is that supposed to mean?
Take it easy.
What was it supposed to mean?
It was--Erica, the reason we're able to
sit here and drink is that you used to
sleep with the door guy.
I want to really try not to lose it now.
The door guy's name is Bobby. I haven't
slept with the door guy, the door guy's a
friend of mine. He's a perfectly good
class of people and what part of Long
Island are you from--England?
I'm from Westchester.
I'm going back to my dorm.
Wait, wait, thisi reel?
I apologize, okay? Siddown.
I'm going back to my dorm, I have to
I'm sorry and I mean it..
I appreciate that but--
---I have to study.
You don't have to study. Let's just talk.
Because it's exhausting. Going out with
you is like dating a stairmaster.
All I meant is that you go to B.U. and so
you're not likely to--I wasn't making a
comment on your parents--I was saying you
go to B.U.
I have to go study.
You don't have to study.
How do you know I don't have to study?!
Because you go to B.U.!
ERICA stares at him...
Do you want to get some food?
I'm sorry you're not sufficiently
impressed with my education.
And I'm sorry T don't have a rowboat.
I think we should just be friends.
I don't need friends.
I was being polite, I had no intention
being friends with you.
You're really leaving.
ERICA takes MARK's hand and looks at him tenderly..
Listen, You're going to be successful and
rich. But you're going to go through life
thinking that girls don't like you
because you're a tech geek. And I want
you to know, from the bottom of my heart,
that that won't be true. It'll be because
you're an asshole.
And with that stinger, ERICA walks off and we stay on MARK as
the pulsing intro to Paul Young's "Love of the Common People"
(calling over her shoulder)
And you're never getting into a final
Along with the MUSIC, we slowly push in on MARK. A fuse has
just been lit.
Fall. Semester, 2008
As MARK busts out of the bar, past Bobby the door guy and into
the population of Harvard Square.