Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman document the strange series of events that unfolds when a gifted 8-year-old artist named Abby contacts Nev, a 24-year-old photographer (and Schulman’s brother), through Facebook. After Abby sends Nev a remarkable painting based on one of his photos, Nev begins corresponding with her family — including her seductive 19-year-old sister. Realizing that something’s not quite right, Nev sets out to uncover the truth.
Rating: 5 out of 10
If Catfish is real, it’s a 7. If it’s not, it’s a 3. So, I’m basically giving it a 5 because I’m not sure. Either way, it’s a well told documentary/mocumentary that had me very interested in its outcome. The lead up was boring as shit. Guy starts getting paintings that are supposedly from a young girl named Abby. He then starts corresponding with several members of her family and develops an online romance with one of them. It keeps escalating and escalating until the guy starts to notice things don’t add up and starts to investigate while his brother documents the whole thing. As in other reviews, I will not tell you what happened except to say that the ending is done in a satisfying way. There are no weird killings or bullshit like that. It’s just a story about how people communicate and hook up in the digital age and how things are not always what they seem.
By the way, I looked into this film to see if it’s real and the two brothers that made it swear up and down that it is. I have no evidence to state otherwise but I have my suspicions that it isn’t.