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Catfish (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary  |  1 October 2010 (USA)
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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 overview:
Himself (as Yaniv 'Nev' Schulman)
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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. Written by Universal Pictures

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Don't let anyone tell you what it is.



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

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


$3,234,373 (USA) (26 November 2010)

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Vince Pierce: 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 ...
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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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The other facebook movie
20 March 2011 | by (Lafayette, IN) – See all my reviews

Marketed as an indie documentary about a mysterious facebook relationship, "Catfish" is actually a profound meditation on loneliness in the age of computer-assisted social networking. Nev (pronounced NEEV), the focus of this documentary, is a young, attractive photographer who is contacted via facebook by an 8 year-old girl who has painted a rendition of a photo of his that has appeared on the cover of a magazine. In rapid succession, Nev befriends, via facebook, the girl, her mother, her sister, and a group of their friends, all of whom live somewhere in Michigan. While in Colorado on a filming assignment, Nev, his brother and their friend (who are filming this documentary as well) begin to question the veracity of the emails and phone calls Nev has been receiving from this family. They rashly decide to go to Michigan to meet the family and get to the bottom of the mysterious facebook friendship that has blossomed. What they find is more poignant than shocking, and it will force you to confront the ways in which technology in the 21st century is ultimately powerless against genuine loneliness.

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