The Social Network
"You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. 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 a**hole."
Oh, boy. This line, delivered by Erica Albright, played by Rooney Mara, sends Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg reeling with arrogant disbelief. And yes—this is the Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.
And he most definitely deserves it.
This is after a conversation in which Mark offhandedly insults Erica’s education, family, and social class, almost all in the same breath.
After Erica dumps him, Mark returns to his room, writes up an offensive blog entry about her, and creates a website called Facemash that featured stolen photos of female students which could be rated for attractiveness by site visitors.
Rather than simply being funny or tragic or dramatic, Erica’s break-up line is important. It reveals a personality flaw that many suffer from, and are completely unaware of: a lack of empathy. Many people think that they’re unlikable because of their appearance or social class, but in reality, they’re just unkind.
This devastatingly truthful break-up line is a wake-up call for those people.