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At the start Erica tells Mark

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 a jerk.

At the end Marilyn tells Mark

You’re not a jerk, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be

Does Mark waiting on the reply from Erica and continuous refresh of the page be seen as him believing that he can discount Erica's insult to him?

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Interesting that you've misquoted both lines. Did you watch it in translation or in the original English? In the original film both lines have "asshole", not "jerk": uk.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/quotes?qt=qt1317384, uk.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/quotes?qt=qt1323628 –  Mark Dec 13 '11 at 8:43
Yes, it is intentional. –  phwd Dec 13 '11 at 9:54
Can I ask why? Is it just a preference for "cleaner" language? Seems odd to deliberately misquote when the original term is (to my ear at least) not that offensive. Maybe an interesting topic for meta.movies.stackexchange.com - how we deal with quoting potentially offensive language from films. –  Mark Dec 13 '11 at 10:05
Not trying to start an argument, btw! The question still works as you've preserved the mirroring of terms between the two scenes, it just jarred with me a bit as I know the film well. :) –  Mark Dec 13 '11 at 10:06
Not a problem just keeping it clean, the underlying message is being sent. You can always ask on Movies & TV Meta if you want. –  phwd Dec 13 '11 at 12:10

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If you mean if Mark with all his current might, money and status suspects to be able to turn Erica around on that point, then I think no, he does not believe that. He knows she is far too honest. However, I do think that he sincerely believes Erica still being capable of becoming friends with him, whether she changed her opinion or not.

I must admit the ending has a nice touch and it indeed raises this very question to the audience. But I am pretty sure this is just a nice side effect of Marilyn's comment because the film makers had to add a Mark is nice-element as requested by the real Zuckerberg.

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He knows she is far too integral? –  phwd Dec 5 '11 at 17:36
Yes, that was a little translation mixup... –  NGLN Dec 5 '11 at 21:51

The ending depicts Mark's loneliness. He has given a website to the world which helps them connect to friends, but he himself is without any friends. At the end we see that he still hasn't forgotten his old girlfriend as he sends her friend request & refreshes the page continually to see when is it accepted. We see mark's desperation to make a connection. A real one.

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