Thanks, Mank!—A Letterboxd Love Story

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“Being Tasteless Paid Off”: Letterboxd members Ben Crew and Erica Marquis chat to Slate’s Heather Schwedel about falling for each other over their reviews of David Fincher’s latest.

Of all the social discovery platforms for film lovers in all the towns in all the world, she walked into his. Last week, Ben Crew, a 26-year-old documentarian and screenwriter from the Mississippi coast, took to the internet to share that he had, like many before him, found a girlfriend on an app—but unlike many before him, that app was Letterboxd, a social network where people rate movies. And even more implausibly, he said that the two had connected because they both rated the movie Mank five stars.

Really, Mank? Who liked Mank that much? This I had to hear. Crew and his new lady friend, Erica Marquis, a 27-year-old who works in financial technology in Chicago, joined me on a Zoom call to tell me the whole sordid tale. 

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