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Catfish (2010)

Nev Schulman , Michigander Abby , Ariel Schulman Henry Joost  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nev Schulman, Michigander Abby
  • Directors: Ariel Schulman Henry Joost
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q6D1YW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Catfish" on IMDb

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    The slipperiness of truth and lies on the Internet gets played out in unexpected ways in the documentary Catfish. When Nev Schulman receives a painting based on a photograph of his from an 8-year-old girl named Abby in Michigan, he doesn't realize this is going to lead to a long-distance romance with Abby's older sister Megan… and that this romance, conducted over the phone and the Internet, will lead to something far more troubling. It would be unfair to reveal more details of Catfish, as the process of discovery is one of its pleasures--but even if you do know the sequence of events, the movie's ultimate reward is not the revelation of secrets but the surprising and very human interactions of the movie's last third. While there is a thriller aspect to the movie--and the suspense at points is indeed nail biting--the revelation isn't the bang that Hollywood movies lead you to expect. Instead, Catfish turns sad, unsettling, and sure to inspire arguments about motivations and human nature. --Bret Fetzer

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    In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

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    71 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    As many others, I distinctly recall the marketing campaign for "Catfish" that spoke of this quasi-documentary in thriller-like terminology. I was actually surprised by how wide this movie dropped in its initial theatrical release--most current documentaries don't get a full scale media blitz but instead are relegated to the art house circuit. In many ways, I can already see the negative backlash that this approach has caused by setting up expectations that the actual film had little intentions of fulfilling. It's disappointing, really, in reaching for a broader appeal--perhaps "Catfish" was a bit oversold for mass consumption. "Catfish" is actually a very compelling and entertaining character driven piece and I think that the people who approach it with no pre-conceived notions might find this film has a lot to offer about our media obsession. Where David Fincher's "The Social Network" was the great fictional Facebook movie of 2010, I think "Catfish" stands as an interesting counterpoint in the non-fiction category.

    In truth, the less you know about "Catfish"--the better. And perhaps that is the reason behind the mysterious trailer that may have been a tad misleading. The story is extremely contemporary. Anyone who has experienced online networking and dating know the inherent perils in believing everything you read. It's simply not prudent. "Catfish" documents a relationship between a successful New York photographer and 8 year old Abby, an artist in Michigan. Abby sends him a painting of one of his published photos and the two strike up an electronic friendship. His brother and friend start to document this blossoming camaraderie and this forms the initial basis for "Catfish.
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    30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars So where does the truth end and the film begin? May 7, 2011
    Format:DVD
    In 2007, a photographer in New York City, Nev Schulman, was surprised to receive a parcel in the post containing a painting. It was a painting of a picture of his that had been published in The New York Sun some weeks earlier, and the artist was apparently only eight years old. Intrigued, Schulman began corresponding with Abby, the artist, online under her mother Angela's supervision. His brother Ariel and friend Henry, amateur film-makers, smell a potential good story here and begin filming Nev's interactions with Abby's family by phone and computer. Nev also comes into contact with Abby's family members via Facebook, particularly her 19-year-old sister Megan, whom he starts 'Internet dating'. Since the family live many hundreds of miles away in Michigan, the chances of meeting them soon do not appear to be likely.

    Whilst working on a project in Colorado, the trio start to find holes in the story presented to them. Megan, who sings and plays guitar and piano, sends Nev some songs she's recorded, but he finds that they are recordings of songs from YouTube. Googling reveals no mention of Abby's artistic skills in local media. Nev becomes concerned over being scammed, and they decide to detour to Michigan on the way home to learn the truth.

    Catfish is an interesting film that was released last year after proving a storm at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It then triggered a significant wave of controversy, though we'll come to that in a moment. It's easy to see why the film has been praised: it's a zeitgeist-capturing movie about people who forge relationships online where the details presented by the parties involved may be exaggerated or indeed fabricated altogether.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable January 29, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    Having lived near Ishpeming Michigan for many years before moving out east, I knew immediately that something was awry with the photos of the characters. But this movie is so full of interesting and sensitive twists and turns that it is absolutely gripping. I don't for a minute think this was faked ala Blair Witch. It is just too true to be comfortable for most people. Bravo to the filmmakers for following it to the difficult end.
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    39 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Girl You Love Isn't Who She Says She Is September 24, 2010
    Format:DVD
    That the authenticity of "Catfish" is in question is both the film's greatest strength and its biggest weakness. Directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost have repeatedly claimed that their documentary isn't a hoax, and while I'd like to believe them, I admit that I have my doubts; some of it comes off as a little too dramatic, almost as if the situation were intentionally manufactured for the sake of telling a cautionary tale of internet romance. That being said, the definition and purpose of a true documentary is open for debate. Some believe it should objectively present life as it is, the camera meant to provoke or surprise an unassuming subject, the audience meant to participate as a fly on the wall. Others believe it should express an opinion and support its position with facts and figures. "Catfish" seems to do a little bit of both, confusing matters even further.

    Still, there's no denying that it's a gripping piece of work - mysterious, at times suspenseful, at times amusing, and in the end, a curiously touching examination of human behavior and the power of art. If the film is real, if the people on camera are not actors but actual documentary subjects, then it may someday be regarded as one of the best examples of early twenty-first century Cinéma vérité.

    The film follows New York photographer Nev Schulman, Ariel's brother, who in 2008 received a painting of one of his photos from eight-year-old Michigan native Abby Pierce. Flattered by her interest in his work, he adds her as a friend on Facebook. This quickly expands to include most of her family, including her mother, Angela, and her older half-sister, Megan, the latter two he begins corresponding with over the phone.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great movie!
    Published 3 days ago by AE
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not Hooked
    This seemed extremely scripted. It didn't really focus on the communication or level of connection between Nev and Megan. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by hello
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    moving. real. Nev is sexy.
    Published 12 days ago by Kathleen D Green
    3.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who watches the show this movie is interesting ...
    For anyone who watches the show this movie is interesting to see how everything all started for Nev. Has a much darker vibe than the show.
    Published 12 days ago by Natividad Hirsch
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting how they came up with the name for this movie
    I have been wanting to see the story about Neve after I started watching Catfish the TV show. It's amazing how the story played out. I enjoyed watching this movie. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by beejellen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary!
    A very interesting documentary, especially if you have done online dating in the past or present. My Wife and I started watching the TV show before watching this documentary and it... Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Steven St. Clair
    3.0 out of 5 stars Catfished into watching the movie
    Saw the TV show and was curious about the movie. It left me feeling very ambivalent about the time and money I spent watching the movie. One thumb up and one down.
    Published 18 days ago by A. Smith
    1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Dull
    I love Catfish the TV show. But this? Drivel.
    I'm sorry Nev got catfished, but this was touted as kind of an intense mystery. It wasn't. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by D'Ann Linscott-Dunham
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, just disregard the description!
    As others have pointed out, the marketing team went a little over the top and the description is very misleading. Regardless, this is a very interesting movie. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Vince Fedorchak
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
    Entertaining with info
    Published 1 month ago by T.
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