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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
At the start, we meet a young successful New York City photographer Nev Schulman who works with his brother Ariel and their buddy Henry. When Nev gets a painting of one of his photos sent to him by an eight year old in Michigan named Abby; Nev is flattered and starts an online friendship with Abby under her mother Angela's supervision. Ariel and Henry document the budding friendship between Abby and Nev by filming it; and it isn't long before Nev befriends Abby's entire family and starts "internet dating" and flirting using text messaging, phone conversations and online chat sessions with Abby's older half-sister Megan. Nev befriends other people on the Internet who also know Abby's family.
But things become much more complicated. While on a trip to Colorado, Nev gets some music from Megan--but they turn out to be songs posted on a website by another artist! They also can't find any evidence on the Internet that Abby is an artist. Nev feels confused, scammed or taken advantage of but to some degree the young man really doesn't know what to think. Nev, Ariel and Henry decide to get to the bottom of things: They fly to Chicago, rent a car and drive to Megan's farm and the town where Abby and her family live to find out once and for all what's going on.
What Nev, Ariel and Henry discover is shown in the rest of the film.Read more ›
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we got hooked on the tv show and decided to see the movie.
what a surprise ending
I had heard so much about the series, I rented this to get the concept. This movie/documentary touched so many emotions. It captured both sides of the 'relationship'. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Babs de pastel
I did not like the film style, it looks very amateurish, maybe that was the point but it is not exactly my taste. Read morePublished 9 days ago by E. Smith
I vaguely was aware of this movie when it came to theaters, but didn't view it until years later when I happened to get hooked on an episode of the "Catfish" TV series on... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Judy Proffitt
Great documentary that truly shows you never know who you are talking to on the internet and as much as you want to trust...always have some sort of guard upPublished 14 days ago by Cherish
I know its a documentary but I thought maybe it would be more of a "movie" type. It seemed more like a home video to me.Published 1 month ago by nicole doughty