Disconnect is an Eleanor Rigby movie. Look at all the lonely people.
A Crash for the Internet age, Alex Henry Rubin's topical opus swoops down like an alien spaceship to investigate a disparate group of Earthlings living in close proximity in the suburbs of New York City. There are Cindy and Derek Hull (Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgård), a couple whose marriage turned cold and empty after they lost their baby. A Marine veteran, he doesn't want to talk. She turns to the chatrooms, grieving all over her computer screen.
There is the Boyd family: Rich (Jason Bateman), the workaholic father; Lydia (Hope Davis), the mother; a daughter (Haley Ramm) caught up in her high school world; and a moody, withdrawn son, Ben (Jonah Bobo). He composes music on his keyboard, and when he's friended on Facebook by a beautiful girl (you can see her profile picture), he's suddenly excited, elated. Ben doesn't know the ensuing e-mails and texts are actually the work of two snickering pranksters in his school, who watch Ben's face from across the cafeteria as they send him seductive missives, supposedly from his new e-pal. When he finally discovers the deception, the results are catastrophic.
Not far away, Kyle (Max Thieriot) works in a house filled with fellow teens - boys and girls, runaways - who service customers on a sex site. He fixes his gaze on the webcam, greets his clients, and asks what turns them on, happy to oblige. Nina Dunham (Andrea Riseborough), a local TV news reporter, thinks Kyle would make a good story. She promises anonymity if he will go on camera (voice disguised, face in shadows) to talk about his job. He does. The results are catastrophic.