Netflix’s New Film Mank Spurred A Giant Pile Of Jokes, Mostly About How Fkn Weird The Name Is

Gary Oldman in Mank

If you spent the weekend wondering what the hell Mank is, as the word cluttered up your Twitter timeline, you are not alone.

While the word is defined as British slang for ‘something disgusting or manky’, it actually took over the most cursed of platforms because of the release of a new Netflix movie, Mank, which premiered on Friday night.

Through a hungover fog, the internet collectively agreed to watch David Fincher‘s biopic about drunken critic and screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, starring Gary Oldman. In 1930s America, Mankiewicz tries to finish the screenplay for Orson Welles‘ ultimately-Oscar-winning Citizen Kane, which sees him borrow heavily from the lives of his friends and peers (and most notably William Randolph Hearst).

We know that in real life Mankiewicz and Welles conceived the movie together but struggled to agree on the details, and each wrote a version of the screenplay. Then Welles combined the two together, condensing, rearranging and adding scenes as he saw fit.

Mankiewicz’s contract for the project stated that he would receive no credit as a writer on Citizen Kane, but in the leadup to its release, he threatened to place ads about his contribution in trade papers and to have a journalist friend write an exposé on the matter. He even lodged a protest with the Screen Writers Guild, before the studio capitulated and gave him credit as a screenwriter.

Basically Mankiewicz was a sassy little alcoholic binch. The perfect subject for a big budget movie that indulges movie buff types.

Admittedly everyone loves director David Fincher (Mindhunter, The Social Network) and examining old Hollywood ~characters~, so it tracks that people would immediately stream his new movie. The flick also stars Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and more. And fun fact about Collins: she filmed this and Emily In Paris at the same time. Don’t you just hate that?

Anyway, everyone made jokes about Mank, whether they actually watched it or not. What else is there to do?

We agree. Go watch Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House Of Fun and Mank and pair it with whiskey or something, like Mankiewicz would’ve wanted.