Just saw The Social Network, the movie about the launching and development of Facebook.
Aside from an awesome script and great editing that results in a great movie, I think the real sleeper about this movie is that it will drive millions of youth to become entrepreneurs.
As we all know there is zero promotion of entrepreneurship in high schools and colleges, even at the MBA level it's all about modeling nonsense. There is nowhere where youth are introduced to entrepreneurship. This movie in two hours makes up for this failure of government influenced schooling. It's going to light the fire of perhaps millions that entrepreneurship is possible and a legitimate option.
Michael Douglas says that to this day he is most remembered for his role as Gordon Gekko in the original Wall Street movie. He reports that regularly Wall Streeters come up to him and tell him that they chose a Wall Street career because they were influenced by his role in that movie. This despite the director, Oliver Stone, attempting to make an anti-Wall Street movie.
In the Social Network, there is no Gordon Gekko to emulate as much as entrepreneurship just permeates the film. Don't get me wrong, the film does not promote entrepreneurship throughout the film as much as it mostly just shows it being done. For me, the side theme of the film is the plot which tries to examine how much of an "asshole" Facebook founder Mark Zuckenberg is. The lucky will see past that and understand that this film is about the success you can achieve by striking out on your own with a great idea.
In this sense, I believe that given the current precarious nature of the empire, it may very well be the most important film made to date. What we need is more entrepreneurs, desperately. With the financial and economic system on the brink of collapse, our only hope may be entrepreneurs that respond to the changing environment and find ways to react quickly and fix leaks in the collapsing government created infrastructure.