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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.
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Cast

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Himself (as Yaniv 'Nev' Schulman)
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Himself (as Ariel 'Rel' Schulman)
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Himself
Angela Wesselman-Pierce ...
Herself (as Angela Wesselman)
Melody C. Roscher ...
Herself
Wendy Whelan ...
Dancer: Morphoses
Craig Hall ...
Dancer: Morphoses
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Dancer: Morphoses
Drew Jacoby ...
Dancer: Morphoses
Rubi Pronk ...
Dancer: Morphoses
Adrian Danchig-Waring ...
Dancer: Morphoses
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Storyline

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. Written by Universal Pictures

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Don't let anyone tell you what it is.

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Documentary

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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$257,285 (USA) (17 September 2010)

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$3,234,373 (USA) (26 November 2010)
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As of August 2011, the film has been hit with two lawsuits and, according to Catfish distributor Relativity Media, the film has an unrecouped balance of more than $8.5 million and will not likely ever become profitable. Both of these lawsuits have to do with songs used within the movie not being attributed to their creators. See more »

Quotes

Yaniv Schulman: [First lines] If this is your documentary, you're doing a bad job.
Ariel Schulman: Why?
Yaniv Schulman: Because you're catching me when I don't want to talk about things.
Ariel Schulman: How should we do it?
Yaniv Schulman: Set it up, organise a time with me, put together some materials, emails, we'll get the Facebook conversations printed out and we'll really talk about it.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are recorded off a computer (specifically a Mac). The Universal logo is shown as someone using Google Earth. The Relativity Media logo is shown as if it was an online video. The Rogue Pictures logo is shown as a desktop icon. See more »

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References My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Learning the Lie
Written by Joel Gibb
Performed by The Hidden Cameras
Published by Embassy Music Corp.
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Productions, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
A documentary about meeting someone on face-book and wondering if they really are who they say they are. Surprisingly Gripping.
6 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A documentary about a man (Nev) who starts a relationship with a woman he meets on face-book, and starts to wonder how truthful this person is. If you watch the trailer for this movie it is very misleading, not to say its a bad movie but it's not at all what I expected. This is a true life account that I'm sure has happened to many people. An 8 year old girl named Abby starts to send Nev paintings she has done after seeing a picture Nev took in a newspaper. Out of that Nev begins to talk with Angela (Abby's mom) and it carries over to Megan (Abby's sister). After quickly falling in love with Megan, Nev soon discovers Megan may not be who she says she is and plans a trip to visit her and find out the truth. Every once in a while a movie comes along that you just have to keep watching and your not sure why, and when it's over your not sure why it had this grip on you, this is one of those movies. This is not for everyone, being that it is a documentary and slow in parts, but it is very interesting and has an ending that sneaks up on you and affects you in a way you can't explain. At least it did to me. I give it a B-


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