Cocaine and nudity get to stay in 'Social Network'
August 26th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Cocaine and nudity get to stay in 'Social Network'

If Joaquin Phoenix can (reportedly) get away with it, why not the creators of “The Social Network?”

Yes, ladies and gentleman, “The Social Network" - your cinematic expose of the creation of Facebook and its founders - will include bared breasts, cocaine and, of course, Justin Timberlake.

The combination of those three elements was called into question last week when the film's producer, Scott Rudin, told the NYTimes that one scene in particular could possibly not make it into the movie's final cut.

There's been much debate about how much truth "The Social Network" will shed light on, including a party scene depicting Napster co-founder Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, gives a speech amidst young women offering lines of cocaine on their revealed breasts, is one moment that's been disputed. (Aaron Sorkin wrote the script, basing it on court documents and journalist Ben Mezrich's somewhat fictionalized book, "The Accidental Billionaires.")

A source close to production told the NYT that the scene is largely fictionalized; however, Rudin’s concern was more concentrated on potentially losing a PG-13 rating.

But not to worry: It looks like the scene made the cut after all, THR reported Tuesday.

And according to the Atlantic, an early review is pleased with Rudin's tale –- and with Timberlake’s portrayal of a party-hard Parker - however embellished the film’s story may be.

The review, posted on the website of the New York Film Festival where the movie will premiere next month, called “The Social Network” “splendid entertainment from a master storyteller, packed with energetic incident and surprising performances (not least from Justin Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker, who's like Zuckerberg's flamboyant, West Coast id).”

So while "Social Network" may sound more like “one long game of movie ‘telephone,’" as /Film suggests, it remains to be seen how much that will affect the movie's relevancy and entertainment value. You can answer that question for yourself when it opens in theaters on October 1.

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  1. rtewy

    Don't trust this movie!

    Online movies

    October 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthoney Goldberg

    i like it if justin timberlake were naked

    October 4, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GollyGee


    September 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Here we go again

      Why make a movie over something when we already know how it was created? And the only thing facebook has done is helped child molesters get easier contact with our children so good job america for supporting this.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow

      Why make a movie over something when we already know how it was created? And the only thing facebook has done is helped child molesters get easier contact with our children so good job america for supporting this

      September 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sheila

    Facebook blows. People should just use instead of Facebook or Craigslist.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    you had me at nudity....until I realized that it wasn't involving Justin Timberlake, then it just became irrelevant...

    September 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shelly

    Maybe we, as parents, should know where are kids are and what movies they are seeing.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Monique Orleans

    I agree with Boyd, this is a waste of film.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Boyd Barnard

    This movie is a waste of film. Where is Sean Penn?

    September 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Demarco Dontino

    This is bad for america!

    September 1, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Suze

    I'm sorry I don't think that it should be allowed. I don't care if kids that age have seen that sort of thing. Lowering standards like this is why kids this age are no longer innocent. It's really sad!

    August 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. suzycreamcheese

    I thought you meant GUYS nudity. Why the double standard?

    August 28, 2010 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |

    Unless Justin is naked I dont want to watch it anyway.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john

    I think we need to elect more hollywood executives to Gov. Positions ... Yea yea that's what we need. Let them tell us ( the general american public) what is good for us as parents is good for our children, because since we are so tired of actualy parenting our kids.

    August 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Has anybody seen my crack pipe? I seem to have misplaced in all the excitement,of the upcomming movie!! With its bare breasts and all. I just can't wait to take my 13 year old to during a 2pm showing while he's skipping school.

    August 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    The movie scene in question is embellished. Who want's to see it and KNOW it's embellished?

    August 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. john

    What? This movie has the bare breast's of lady Lohan and lindsey Gaga snorting the illuminati??? Dude I am so there....

    August 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. AlexJones

    The problem is that you people are all to willing to serve your Illuminati masters as long as they provide bread and circuses to distract you
    and yes Gaga may be a lad....

    August 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Chad Curly

    See the problem is the money is uptight and they don't get that the very definition of being social is beer, bongs, babes, boobs and drugs. You have all these parents who are starting to realize that kids don't want to follow the rules.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Paul Jones


    August 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sarah

    end is near?? whats this all about?
    Whats wrong with Lindsay and CNN?
    you guys r weirdos

    August 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sara Jones

    Seems like it will be one of the best movies of the year

    August 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jason Muga

    And now the end is near, and so we face the final curtain!

    August 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. EuropeDudeR

    Hey maybe Alex is right? Seems from these comments that Americans are way dumbed down! LOL!
    Looks like this guy has his own website Infowars......

    August 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sarah

    who are these illuminatis you guys talk about?
    I thoughts this was FaceBook movie??

    August 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  25. The Truth

    OBEY Acts 2:38!

    August 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. BadNewzBonnie

    ALEXJONES I love u...u are so correct an NO you are not some conspiracy theorist...Illuminati does exist and im quit sure in 1955 had you told my mother they were experimenting on human beings in Tuskeege Syphillis "Treament" for years I would have been called a conspiracy theorist until the lid finally got blown off.Unfortunate that no government apology or acknowledgment of the autrocity was made until Bill Clinton made it office...hmm some years later...Killuminati

    August 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jeff

    Ok, but how BIG are the breasts? The bigger the breasts, the more coke you can but on them. I would rather see pics of breasts with coke on them then Lindsey Lohan.

    August 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  28. AlexJones

    Next entry »
    Lindsay Lohan caught on camera post-rehab

    as if I needed proof
    right on this page! Thanks for the update CNN!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  29. AlexJones

    Hollywood is funded by the Illuminati because Hollywood is good at what they do: social engineering, mind
    control and the dumbing down of the masses. Look at the decensitization to violence, do you really think
    that a movie like Saw would have been sucessful in America in the 1950's? Do your own research before you label me a conspiracy theorist. The social engineering of the youth is obvious to those that look.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. A DOCTOR


    August 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Fred

    Sounds like yet another low IQ movie dished out by dumbywood. I have no interest in seeing a movie like this due to those elements and it sounds like those elements are injected into the movie to compensate for the lack of a good story.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Killuminati

      The Illuminati want the masses dumbed down.
      Why do you think the news like CNN focuses on Lindsy Lohan and Tigers Woods instead of REAL ISSUES?
      Hollywood is funded by the Illuminati because Hollywood is good at what they do: social engineering, mind
      control and the dumbing down of the masses. Look at the decensitization to violence, do you really think
      that a movie like Saw would have been sucessful in America in the 1950's? Do your own research before you label me a conspiracy theorist. The social engineering of the youth and dumbing down of the masses is obvious to those that look

      August 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  32. 1jimmyhoffa


    August 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  33. cavemanstyle


    August 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Slugbait

    Ah, drugs and nudity. Makes one yearn for the early days at Microsoft...

    August 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  35. cjamesatl


    August 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  36. sarah

    I would think they would want an 'R' rating. Doesn't that have a larger audience draw?

    August 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Absolutely not, pg13 allows them to get a youngteen audience they couldn't get with an R-rating, and older people are going to cone regardless. Much bigger bank this way.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  37. You kidding me?

    Exposed breasts and lines of cocaine and you get to keep a PG-13 rating?!?!

    August 26, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah I'm Not Kidding

      Well seeing how most 13 year olds now a days have seen breasts and probably have done cociane, whats the problem? At least there isn't any guns in the movie. That would be really bad.

      August 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlexJones

      Sure its all part of the Illuminati scheme to replace the morality of the youth with the value of the New World
      Order. Sign of the times. Lad Gaga is the new role model for today's yout, what do you expect?
      Innocence is long gone....

      August 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Haha, you said Lad Gaga! She is just a wee lad isn't she.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • EuropeDudeR

      yeah Matt she does look like a dude!

      August 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Goose


    August 26, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  39. me

    The movie is based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich, not "The Accidental Millionaires".

    August 26, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  40. Garth

    Party on Wayne!

    August 26, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  41. Wayne

    Party on Garth!

    August 26, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • shannon

      LOL @ Garth and Wayne...Rock on!!!

      August 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Kenadee

      Poor Sean well I guess all publicity is good publicity as long as they get your name right. Oh dang thats right anyone who has ever been on napster knows the founder's name is Sean Fanning. I guess this movie totally blows for him if they call him Sean Parker. Somewhere in the world there is a coke addict named Sean Parker doing lines saying the movie is about him.

      August 27, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ikantraed

      I'm not going to go see no movie about an internet web site!!! ! !!!!!! This is stupid. Who makes a movie about bill gates life story? Come on ppl!!! When did lame get to be so awesomely cool? I am a tolerant movie go'er.... I successfully watched anchorman about half the way... until I got a refund... patiently. Coke on some bare breasts isn't going to make this movie more watchable, enjoyable, or believable. No more stupid films, we beg of you~!

      September 12, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      @ Joe: Sean Parker is the correct name. You're thinking of Shawn Fanning, a different person. Both of them founded Napster. The Sean Parker depicted in "The Social Network" film was actually president of Facebook, Inc. for awhile.

      See Wikipedia.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |

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