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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON June 22, 2011

Rated: Pg-13

1 hr 34 min

Budget: N/A

Worldwide Gross: $3,479,614

“Don’t let anyone tell what it is” Well then how do you know you want to see it?

Spoilers

There are two ways to approach this film. The first, is as just pure entertainment value, when, at the end of the movie you are left with a good life lesson.

The second, however, is with a critical eye and mind. The trailer above says that this film is “just real”, but anyone with their head on straight should be able to point out a few flaws.

The “documentary” starts out with Nev quickly forming an online relationship. He grows ties to the whole family and eventually starts to date his Facebook friend (Megan). After a long period of time has elapsed, Nev and his friends start to question the validity of his online friends identity. The  group finally decides to drive up to the house where the family is supposed to be living, but what they find is shocking.

Now you might be saying, well this happens everyday to all types of people using the Internet and social media sites, and you would be correct. However, Nev and his buddies seem to be young enough to have grown up in the the digital era, where Internet privacy/identity is still a hot issue. It even seems that they have college degrees and hold some steady jobs that involve computers on a daily basis (I think it was a small film studio?). So, when Nev started to make friends with an attractive women and her family online, none of these smart young men decided to question if the person was actually real? That’s completely ridiculous. My friend and I’s best guess is, that these men knew that Megan may be lying to them and decided to exploit this opportunity. And after driving up to confront Megan, these filmakers landed a gold mind.

Now, I’m not saying that this film isn’t entertaining, in fact it actually had me on the edge of my seat and curious the whole time. Also, the message and theme of the film is an important one and you could show this to someone who is having an online relationship and you’re worried about, just to make them think about what their doing. Overall, Catfish shows a relevant issue in a “real life” setting. It engages the audience and generates lots of discussion afterwards. Watching this film one time should be enough for most people. I would say to rent it.

★★★1/2

“They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They’d keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn’t have somebody nipping at our fin.”

Tell me what you all think about this film. Is it staged? Is it real? Has this happened to anyone you know. Leave a comment below.

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