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Catfish

2010

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A riveting suspense thriller with a jaw-dropping twist, this true story follows 3 friends as a filmmaking project takes them on the most exhilarating and unsettling ride of their lives.

Starring:
Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman
Supporting actors Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce, Melody C. Roscher, Wendy Whelan, Craig Hall, Tiler Peck, Drew Jacoby, Rubi Pronk, Adrian Danchig-Waring
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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By C. Coff on November 23, 2015
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After being a fan of the tv show we would always see this advertised at the beginning but never took the time to watch it. We decided one lazy Sunday to look it up and watch it. It held our interest and it was interesting to see and get the background story on how the show came about and how the name catfish was made. We were not overly thrilled with the ending but still found it to be an interesting movie.
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I don't think the description of this film is accurate. I wouldn't call it a suspense thriller, and I wouldn't say there is a jaw-dropping twist. But perhaps the description is a bit like the subject matter. We go into it expecting it to be one thing, and it is something else entirely which is exactly what happens to Nev, the central character. The movie has so many lessons...about life in general, about disappointment, sacrifice, even courage. And it is an important lesson for all about social media. Its both funny and heart-breaking. Highly recommended.
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I love the Catfish TV show and seeing this movie makes me like it even more. Nev just brings to the surface what a lot of people go through on a daily basis but are too embarrassed to admit to going through. It lets you know that you are not the only one who has experienced this.
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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 MTV.

I quickly became charmed and engrossed in the documentary of photographer Nev's long-distance friendship with Abby, a talented 8-yr-old who would send him oil paintings of his photographs. As time went on, Nev came to be Facebook friends with the other people in Abby's life, even falling in love with Abby's 19-yr-old half sister.

I rewatch this movie every few weeks, just to enjoy the soundtrack and the personalities of the people involved. Am glad to recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys documentaries and a little mystery in a love story.
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