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What do we think of Catfish?

I think this is the best documentary about Facebook and meeting people online. At least until The Social Network opens.

by Anonymousreply 9702/19/2013

Actually the surprise twist ending is that there is no surprise twist ending. Everything progressed to its natural end. There were no surprises at all. Everything is basically set up and revealed in the first quarter of the movie. What a completely genius but completely misleading marketing campaign.

by Anonymousreply 109/18/2010

After the movie everyone in the theater were talking about how it was not the movie they expected. They were expecting a thriller or a scary movie. They all thought they were coming to see Paranormal Activity 2. Even the commercials were saying this was an Alfred Hitchcock suspense thriller. It was not. It was not a bad movie, just misrepresented.

by Anonymousreply 209/18/2010

There are serious doubts as to whether this is a documentary. At the very least, there are suspicions that many of the initial scenes were recreated and filmed specifically for the purpose of the movie.

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by Anonymousreply 409/18/2010

Catfish scare me. A big one could swallow you whole.

by Anonymousreply 509/18/2010

R3, are stupid? Of course it's not a real documentary. Just like Paranormal Activity was not a real documentary. They're all actors.

by Anonymousreply 609/18/2010

R6, the creators get extremely defensive and pissed off when anyone suggests this is not a documentary. This is not some marketing ploy a la "Blair Witch" -- the creators are genuinely speaking about this movie as a real-life event they caught on film.

No, I'm not stupid. At least not stupid enough to realize your post is missing the word "you" after "are" and before "stupid".

by Anonymousreply 709/18/2010

If you thought Blair Witch was innovative, thought provoking, and well made, you'll love Catfish.

The problem with the film isn't its underwhelming and predictable ending, it's that it presents itself as a documentary when it's fairly obvious that is only partially true.

In one scene, they bring in a hidden camera. Then we see the ensuing scene not only from the viewpoint of the hidden camera, but additional angles as well. How'd that happen? But more substantially, it's fairly obvious that they knew before the last 40 filmed minutes what the end would be, and at that point, they ceased to merely be people in a documentary and became actors. They're pretending to solve a mystery they've already solved, not actually solving it; they become actors only pretending to do so. Then you start thinking back to the scenes you saw at the beginning of the film...

*spoiler alert*

*no really, don't read further if you don't want insight into the ending*

What's happened in this film is usually not filmed and put in theaters - we usually see this stuff on Oprah in a poignant segment before the next guest, with the same story but from a different angle, is brought on. Or in more tragic cases, on the nightly news. This one didn't merit Nancy Grace or the News at 11:00, however, and should have been handed over to Oprah.

by Anonymousreply 809/18/2010

In the trailer, they claim, "The last 40 minutes will take you on an EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER RIDE that you WON'T BE ABLE TO SHAKE FOR DAYS!!!"

by Anonymousreply 909/18/2010

R9, and they're RIGHT!

by Anonymousreply 1009/18/2010

All you need to know, R9, is that quote is from I wouldn't put much stock into it.

by Anonymousreply 1109/18/2010

[quote]No, I'm not stupid. At least not stupid enough to realize your post is missing the word "you" after "are" and before "stupid". There is no word missing there. Do try to keep up with current slang and the way people talk. I'm so glad you "realized" this and proved your stupidity even more.

by Anonymousreply 1209/18/2010

R12 are stupid...really, really stupid.

by Anonymousreply 1309/18/2010

I love you, R13.

by Anonymousreply 1409/18/2010

Oh, Christ, what adult with a brain in his/her head gives a shit about Facebook? Grow up!

by Anonymousreply 1509/18/2010

I only like it fried.

by Anonymousreply 1609/18/2010

Never cares for catfish. It is the Spam of fish.

by Anonymousreply 1709/18/2010

I think it may have started as a documentary but it I doubt its all true.

by Anonymousreply 1809/18/2010

I prefer the four four review.

by Anonymousreply 1909/18/2010

R3 is misled, and R6 and R8 are amusingly self-confident and self-righteous about their utterly wrong assumptions. I know some of the people who made this movie. Whether you like it or not, it really is a documentary. The only stuff that was shot out of sequence was some of the Facebook screen shots, for more clarity.

by Anonymousreply 2009/18/2010


by Anonymousreply 2102/03/2011

Catfish make my "nature" rise.

by Anonymousreply 2202/03/2011

If you fry it up and serve it with hushpuppies and a big ol' glass of iced tea, it's good eatin'.

by Anonymousreply 2302/03/2011

Fried and must have good tartar sauce.

by Anonymousreply 2402/03/2011

There would have been no movie and no point to the movie if the main guy character hadn't been really cute.

by Anonymousreply 2502/03/2011

I saw this last night and really liked it. I had no idea what to expect so I really enjoyed the way it unfolded. I have some questions. I felt they knew what they were dealing with then decided to film it or it was a complete set up of a very lonely sad woman. How did they film her during the reveal, at some point did they say, oh by the way, we are going to film the revelation of this fantasy you created? Either way or it was well done and pretty fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 2602/03/2011

It's not a documentary, you moron. It's a poorly written, directed, and acted work of fiction and they knew the only way it would get picked up on the fest circuit is if they claimed it was real. It's not.

by Anonymousreply 2702/03/2011

I watched it last night and thought it was a good movie. It turned out differently to how I thought it was going to end. I found it very creepy in parts. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, but all in all it was enjoyable.

by Anonymousreply 2802/20/2011

I thought the "filmmakers" were a couple of arrogant douchebags.

They spent most of the movie mocking a very lonely, possibly mentally ill person.


by Anonymousreply 2902/20/2011

The movie asked us to believe that a young photographer who seemed to spend most of his time on the Internet would be contacted by a 9-year-old child painting prodigy and would communicate with her for 8 months before thinking to actually Google the kid and learn more about her.

Come on. You get a painting in the mail, totally out of the blue, of one of your photographs, painted by someone who claims to be a 9-year-old girl? The first thing you'd do would be to go on the Internet to learn more about her.

I liked the way the story was told with the Google maps and the Facebook updates, but the plot was ridiculous and the filmmakers just seemed like stereotypes of self-centered millennials.

by Anonymousreply 3002/20/2011

[quote]It's not a documentary, you moron. It's a poorly written, directed, and acted work of fiction and they knew the only way it would get picked up on the fest circuit is if they claimed it was real. It's not.

So you're saying that lady was an actress? And her disabled sons were too? Why wasn't she nominated for an Oscar instead of Natalie Portman?

by Anonymousreply 3102/20/2011


by Anonymousreply 3206/05/2011

Those twins broke my heart.

by Anonymousreply 3306/05/2011

What a strange movie, documentary, whatever it was.

by Anonymousreply 3409/10/2011

Um, didn't anyone notice this was almost identical to "The Night Listener"? Maupin and his porn-boy should sue.

by Anonymousreply 3509/10/2011

I think Nev is really gay, and he's just playing str8 in the movie.

by Anonymousreply 3609/11/2011

r29, got it right. Whether or not it was a real documentary - which the thread convinces me it was not - it superciliously mocks a very disturbed woman's very pathetic life. Hated it.

by Anonymousreply 3709/11/2011

Don't feel sorry for her. The film probably got a painting of hers sold and she acted like she had waited her whole for someone to point a camera at her...

by Anonymousreply 3809/11/2011

Agreed about gay Nev.%0D %0D I can't believe anyone would think this is a real documentary. BULLshit. How stupid. And it isn't even well-acted.

by Anonymousreply 3909/11/2011

I just saw this movie over the weekend. Yes, I'm on the late show, but I see many movies months or years after they hoopla about them dies off.

Anyway, I knew very little about the story before watching it, but I remember having heard some reviews/reports about it being an interesting movie when it was released - and I'm sure I had the idea that is was a documentary.

It was pretty apparent to me shortly after it started that even though it was being presented as a documentary, the scenes were being acted. I finished watching the whole thing before I went online to see whether I was correct in my feeling that it was a faked documentary. There was nothing that I could find to confirm it's validity.

My question is, have the filmmakers ever fessed up to the story being manufactured? Or maybe the story was true, or partially true, but the filmed scenes were reenacted?

by Anonymousreply 4012/04/2011

It doesn't matter if they fessed up because based on Catfish, they got to write and direct their next documentary Paranormal Activity 3. The douchebag filmmakers are millionaires now since PA3 broke all sorts of records and is very very very profitable.

by Anonymousreply 4112/05/2011

Yeah, I don't think they were faking their douchiness.

by Anonymousreply 4212/05/2011

Someone lied about their Internet profile!


Sent from my iPad

by Anonymousreply 4312/05/2011

R40, no, the filmmakers never "fessed up" to it being manufactured, and in fact still insist to this day that it was filmed as a documentary, as R20 said.

FWIW, when I first watched it a while ago, I did quite a lot of reading on the internet, researching both points of view, and ended up concluding it was mainly shot as the documentary it presented itself to be. Some things were tweaked to produce the final product - and make some things clearer - but it wasn't "fake real" in the same way as "Blair Witch", for e.g.

by Anonymousreply 4412/05/2011

Those dudes were such tools. I was hoping the mom would hatchet murder them both.

by Anonymousreply 4512/05/2011

Has anyone been watching the TV series based on it on MTV? It's pretty good. The reveal at the end of the first episode was really shocking.

Max, the cameraman, is pretty hot, too.

by Anonymousreply 4611/19/2012

Honestly I am surprised that people fall for images(#NoOtherProof). They think they fall in love that will last forever without actually knowing them.

Yeah I was shocked, I thought it was going to be a younger boy.

by Anonymousreply 4711/19/2012

My feeling was that it actually happened and that in editing they re-created moments or decided to maybe reshoot moments. That's why a few moments rang so staged and phony to me. But I don't think it's fake or fictional.

by Anonymousreply 4811/19/2012

I agree with r48

by Anonymousreply 4911/19/2012

That's what I thought too, R47, when I heard her voice at the end of the teaser. I thought it was going to be a 12-year-old boy who conned an older girl into thinking she was this hot guy in his twenties.

I get an icky feeling while watching the show that they're exploiting these people, especially since the host seems like such a smug, smarmy instigator...kind of a hipster version of the host from Cheaters. But it's like a trainwreck in that I can't look away.

by Anonymousreply 5011/19/2012

[quote]Has anyone been watching the TV series based on it on MTV? It's pretty good. The reveal at the end of the first episode was really shocking.

Never heard of it, but it sounds interesting. Is it also called Catfish?

by Anonymousreply 5111/19/2012

Yeah, R51. Catfish: The Series. It's on Mondays at 11.

by Anonymousreply 5211/19/2012

If you want to see a better documentary about liars on the internet watch Talhotblond. It's really fascinating (and based on a documented case - not made up)

by Anonymousreply 5311/20/2012

I'm really loving this show, but I called last night's resolution from a mile away.

by Anonymousreply 5411/27/2012

I flipped on Catfish when nev was laying shirtless in bed. I wanna get lost for days in his pelt!

by Anonymousreply 5511/27/2012

Did anyone see last night's episode?

by Anonymousreply 5611/27/2012

I thought there was just one documentary, which I liked...although it was kind of embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 5711/27/2012

Yeah, R56. It was good, but very sad. I don't think it was his weight so much as his wishy-washy attitude beforehand that sabotaged things with that girl. But you can tell that he's going to blame it on that, and pretend like she's shallow, and take all the culpability off him.

Still, she did look a little disappointed when she saw him in life.

Next week looks awesome though.

by Anonymousreply 5811/27/2012

He's cute, R55, but I have a serious crush on Max.

by Anonymousreply 5911/27/2012

I felt sorry for the fat guy in last night's episode. Nice to know he is losing weight and getting healthy.

by Anonymousreply 6011/27/2012

I love the show and movie. So, is Nev gay or staight? I get a gay vibe from his partner with the camera.

by Anonymousreply 6111/27/2012

Nev sucks cock. So does Max, his cameraman.

by Anonymousreply 6211/27/2012

Oh, my!

by Anonymousreply 6311/27/2012

Too hairy to be gay -- a gay man with an MTV show would have waxed or trimmed his chest.

by Anonymousreply 6411/27/2012

I really like it but I am as gullible as Gomer Pyle.

by Anonymousreply 6511/27/2012

One good point made about the film is - why obsessively film everything from the very beginning when there was no hint that anything was amiss at first?

by Anonymousreply 6611/28/2012

Number one - the girl last night was DUMB to expect her prince Charming in someone who wouldn't meet her for 10 years. These people get deluded by "love".

It's also amazing how they have these long, intense chats on the computer, declaring love and making plans, but when they meet face-to-face, they can barely string words together.

by Anonymousreply 6711/28/2012

My coworker's daughter has been in a "relationship" for 7 years with a guy she met online from Australia. She got a temporary work visa and flew to meet him and he never showed, but sent his sister. My coworker claims her daughter has chatted with him on SKYPE, and believes it was him, but who knows. This poor girl won't date anyone else because of him and is wasting her 20s on this person.

by Anonymousreply 6811/28/2012

R68 - What was the reason the 'sister' gave as to why the brother couldn't show up? And this dummy still hangs on to this "we're soul mates" garbage. Sheesh.

by Anonymousreply 6911/28/2012

Max is so hot.

by Anonymousreply 7011/28/2012

He was my favorite character on Amos and Andy!

by Anonymousreply 7111/28/2012

I'm hoping Max films his and Nev's nightly lovemaking and that someday we'll see "Cockfist: The Movie."

by Anonymousreply 7211/28/2012

Nev and Max have to be banging each other. They argue like gays in at least a 3-year relationship.

by Anonymousreply 7311/29/2012

Eww, Max is so old.

by Anonymousreply 7411/30/2012

Anyone with personal dish on Nev and Max? Are either gay?

by Anonymousreply 7511/30/2012

Max has a girlfriend from South America.

by Anonymousreply 7611/30/2012

Max is 30. Cute. And straight. ):

by Anonymousreply 7711/30/2012

30 is not so old. Not even to 17 yer olds. I should know.

by Anonymousreply 7811/30/2012

R68, more details please! Her daughter must have been upset. Did she stay in Australia? Come home?

And yeah, I wonder if she actually skyped with him, irbid she just told people she did... Perhaps she actually fell in lie with the sister. Hmmmmm.

Now that story would be a great episode.

by Anonymousreply 7911/30/2012

He was a terrific pitcher.

by Anonymousreply 8011/30/2012

I think he's more of a catcher.

by Anonymousreply 8111/30/2012

Can someone start a thread about DLers who've been "Catfished" in real life?

I can't start threads

by Anonymousreply 8212/02/2012

Another great episode tonight. This show is so exploitative, but I'm addicted. I felt really bad for the guy...he's the first one who seemed genuinely heartbroken. I think the fact that he kept talking to the girl afterwards meant he was really lonely and maybe a little dim. You could also tell that he may have been the first one that Nev and Max had some sympathy for, and felt bad for setting up.

by Anonymousreply 8312/10/2012

No comments on the crazy ghetto episode from last week? Mhissy was a cunt

by Anonymousreply 8412/11/2012

That was one scary episode, R84. The girl playing the prank was one of the clearest examples of a sociopath ever shown on reality TV. The crocodile tears during the sit-down with Nev and Max was repulsive.

by Anonymousreply 8512/11/2012

R84-That bitch Mhissy was crazy ! Two years of of pretending to be a man and a woman. All cause you don't like someone who dated your boyfriend who's using you!

by Anonymousreply 8612/11/2012

R84-Forget to say Mhissy was a hot ghetto mess pressed right outta City Trendz.

by Anonymousreply 8712/11/2012


by Anonymousreply 8812/17/2012

Mhissy is the new Khia.

by Anonymousreply 8912/17/2012

I vote Mhissy for new datalounge icon

by Anonymousreply 9012/17/2012

I pronounce it 'Ma-Hiss!-y', R90.

by Anonymousreply 9112/17/2012

Yesterday's episode featured a bi girl and a FTM trans

by Anonymousreply 9212/18/2012

It just amazes me how all these ugly trashy people from Bumblefuck, Nowhere believe that they are loved by gorgeous people with amazing lives in exciting places.

Does nobody have self-awareness anymore?

by Anonymousreply 9312/19/2012

Why the fuck does Max keep filming random shit when there is a full MTV crew shooting the entire show? It's very distracting and makes no sense.

by Anonymousreply 9412/19/2012

Mhissy was sick, and I can't believe that gave custody of her niece to her.

I also will never understand why they all think models want to date them. Other than the stripper in DC, there is no way any of these people would get a date with anyone above a 4 of the hot scale.

by Anonymousreply 9512/19/2012

"Mhissy was sick, and I can't believe that gave custody of her niece to her."

I wonder if she was lying about getting custody of her niece...

by Anonymousreply 9612/19/2012


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