Catfish Movie Fake?

Have you seen the Catfish movie trailer?  It looks fascinating and I am excited to watch it.  I think it will be a big hit or a big joke.  I will tell you why in a minute.  First here is the plot:  Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he’s in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on MySpace, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby’s family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby’s attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.  The directors claim it is a true story and it is Nev’s brother, Areil, who filmed it while it happened. 

Release Date: September 17, 2010 (Limited)

Genre: Reality thriller

Cast: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost

Directed by: Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost

Produced by: Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Executive Producers: Ryan Kavanaugh, Brett Ratner, Tucker Tooley

 First watch it and then read what I have found out about the “documentary”.


You probably clicked this link to find out if the “documentary” Catfish is fake or real and I think I know the answer. There is a lot of buzz going on about it on many movie websites and message boards.   I am including the linksI found in my research on Catfish, that in my opinion reveal the answer.  I am not going to tell you the answer though, if you want to know go ahead and read them and decide for yourself.  It will be more exciting to watch the movie first and then read the links to make your decision.

Most people won’t even care if Catfish is fake.  I don’t even mind if they “staged” some of the scenes or even got the idea from a real event in the news.  If Catfish is well made and the storyline captures my interest then good for them.  It is a fantastic marketing ploy to get people buzzing about it ahead of time!   The addition of using Facebook with the storyline is pure genius and I wish I would have thought of it.  If you don’t know by now that EVERY reality show is staged, then you are pretty naive. Yes, even America Idol is staged.  I don’t like that are categorizing Catfish as a Documentary.  I guess they are copying The Blair Witch Project.

For those of you who really want to know the answer if Catfish is real or fake, go ahead and click the links below. SPOILERS:  Be warned, this will spoil the twist in the movie for you. It is a fascinating story and I am looking forward to what they did with it in the movie. Catfish opens this weekend September 17th in limited release and I will be in line just to see what all the buzz is about.

 This is pure speculation based on my research and opinion. I haven’t seen the movie and am not promoting the movie for pay.   I admire the marketing of Catfish and think this is an interesting story. I am excited to go see it and thought you might want to know about it too.  Let me know what you thought of the “documentary” or if you are interested to go yourself.




*pictures credit Rouge Pictures

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  1. I just saw it, and I would bet a substantial quantity of money that it was not faked. The story is far too earnest and human (and the protagonists far too naive) for it to have been faked. Other than a couple of documentary interview set-ups, I would be, frankly, astonished if this wasn’t completely genuine. Comparisons to the Blair Witch Project, and classifying it as a thriller, are completely disingenuous, and miss the mark on what the film says by 100 miles. It is a must-see film. Read no spoilers. See it. And let me know what you think.

  2. I disagree. First of all, I knew within one minute what the bug twist was going to be, and told it to the person I was with. We hoped I wasn’t right, because that was terribly unexciting, but alas it was.

    Also, it was clear from the start that Nev was acting. How do i know? Because if you’ve been around actors, you know when they are acting. I think the whole thing is bogus, and would have loved a much more thrilling twist. But we can’t have everything, as someone in the movie says.

  3. I din’t click the links, but I have seen the trailer and when I first saw it I thought it had to be fake. Now some ppl are saying it’s real. Either way it looks like it will be a good one. I’ll come back after I’ve read it!

  4. Judy Bradley says:

    I would like to see it. It sounds good. Don’t know about real or fake – so much is hard to tell anymore, but I would like to see it.

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