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armond white: “zuckerberg may be the most obnoxious movie protagonist noah baumbach didn’t write”

armond white: "zuckerberg may be the most obnoxious movie protagonist noah baumbach didn't write"

A one man backlash begins? Armond White on “The Social Network”:

“As played by pale-skinned, curly-headed Jesse Eisenberg, Zuckerberg may be the most obnoxious movie protagonist Noah Baumbach didn’t write; his lack of family and cultural background (apparently Jewish but only explicitly a smart, fast-talking Harvard dork) makes him Everyphenom, the exemplar of a brilliant new generation we must learn to admire and excuse. Power-worship keeps Sorkin from making a ‘What Makes Sammy Run?’ inquiry or Paddy Chayefsky jeremiad. Rather, he slickly exploits ethnic narcissism, yet never penetrates feelings of inferiority or competitiveness that made Eisenberg so moving in ‘Holy Rollers’, last spring’s extraordinarily soulful and chagrinned tale of a Hasidic youth’s worldly aspiration.”

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