The Social Network Irony

Jesse Eisenberg is sort of pigeon-holed into the college version of Michael Cera. You know the role: socially awkward, often lovesick good guy who happens to entertain with a quirky deadpan sense of humor. Therefore it is only fitting that Eisenberg has been tapped to play the role of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

Honestly, it looks like an amusing movie. There is a pleasant balance of geeky web-dom, entrepreneurial madness and Hollywood melodrama. However, the producers of the movie may have overlooked one slight (really unimportant) detail. Eisenberg recently played the lead role in the 2009 summer comedy Zombieland. Again, his role was that of a socially dysfunctional collegian chasing the one girl his age who had not yet been picked off by the legion of headhunting zombies. During one particular scene the cast is discussing their favorite parts of Zombieland, or “Z-land” as Eisenberg affectionately calls it.

When it comes time for Eisenberg to speak, he eloquently states that his favorite part about Z-land “is that there are no constant Facebook status updates.” Like I said, it truly makes no difference that in one movie he badmouths the company of which he plays the founder in another movie. It just adds a nice, little bite of trivial irony.

If you haven’t yet seen it, check out the trailer for The Social Network below (Radiohead fans might just get a kick out of this):

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