Catfish Movie Review

This starts as a documentary about an offbeat online relationship before warping into something much more interesting. It essentially becomes a real-life thriller packed with outrageously amusing observations.

The title refers to a metaphor about how we need people around us who can keep us on our toes. Nev Schulman is a 24-year-old New York photographer who begins corresponding with 8-year-old Abby Pierce in rural Michigan after she painted versions of his photos. As Abby tells Nev stories from her family life, Nev's filmmaker brother Rel and his colleague Henry start documenting this unusual web-based friendship. And soon the paintings start to arrive in New York by the boxload, as well as songs written by Abby and her musician brother Alex.

The filmmakers follow the story chronologically, crafting an inventive narrative as Nev chats online to Abby, her parents (Angela and Vince) and especially her half-sister Megan, an artist who develops a crush on Nev that becomes mutual. But things take a turn when Nev discovers that Megan is passing off other peoples' music as her own. And other things turn out to be lies as well. So maybe this whole family is a hoax.

The twisty story is thoroughly compelling, as anyone using social websites has felt suspicions that people aren't who they claim to be. And it's thoroughly enjoyable to watch these three hilarious and extremely likeable young guys try to get to the bottom of things. When they decide to go to Michigan and get the truth firsthand, the film develops an irresistible sense of suspense. As they approach the house at 2.30am, it's like watching a reality heist movie.

Along the way, we get a surprisingly honest look at internet relationships, including a very funny scene in which an embarrassed Nev reads out a sexually charged chat he had with Megan. And the climactic meeting is like a covert operation that gets even more complicated as they try to get Angela to admit the truth. But would fabrication make their relationship any less real? Or the personal drama any less honest? And besides, this film is extremely well shot and edited, making us wonder how much of it is staged. Not that it matters when the story is this entertaining.

Cast & Crew

Director : Ariel Schulman,

Producer : , , Ariel Schulman,

Starring : , Ariel "Rel" Schulman, , , , Vince Pierce, Ronald Pierce, Anthony Pierce


Comments

Catfish Rating

" Extraordinary "

Rating: 15, 2010

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Beyonce and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tease Us With Tantalising 15 Second Teaser Clip [Video]

Beyonce teased us all over the weekend, when she shared a 15 second...

Beyonce and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tease Us With Tantalising 15 Second Teaser Clip [Video]

Robert Downey Jr Crowned King of the Box Office

With an estimated income of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, Downey Jr...

Robert Downey Jr Crowned King of the Box Office

George Clooney On Getting That Tabloid Apology And Why He Had To

Ahead of his wedding to Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney has...

George Clooney On Getting That Tabloid Apology And Why He Had To

A Short History of Forgotten Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin

Farrah Franklin, the forgotten fourth member of Destiny’s Child, found herself...

A Short History of Forgotten Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin

Sons of Anarchy Final Season: Charlie Hunnam Spills Details

Speaking at the Television Critics Association preview night on Monday, lead actor...

Sons of Anarchy Final Season: Charlie Hunnam Spills Details

Vin Diesel Talks This Summer's Weirdest Bromance

Yet in conversation with Access Hollywood, Diesel summed up the relationship between...

Vin Diesel Talks This Summer's Weirdest Bromance
Advertisement

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart Single Review

There's a new boyband on the UK pop scene who have somehow managed to storm single charts...

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart Single Review

RIP Krusty the Clown? His 10 Best Moments

Krusty the Clown may have chucked his last chuckle and played his last Itchy and Scratchy...

RIP Krusty the Clown? His 10 Best Moments

Bachelorette No Longer: Ashley And JP Rosenbaum Find Out Sex Of Baby On Live TV

After being on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, some people like to retire...

Bachelorette No Longer: Ashley And JP Rosenbaum Find Out Sex Of Baby On Live TV


More recommendations

Advertisement