Every time I saw something written up about Catfish it said something about how you wanted to know as little about the movie as possible before you see it. Why then was a reading an article about it in your idiot magazine? The trailer is a little misleading as well, making you think you're signing up for some kind of horror movie. Well, it isn't but I won't spill the beans entirely or let any cats out of bags.
In many ways this was the perfect companion movie to the Social Network. I saw them on back to back days. In one film you have the basic building of the site and in this film you sort of witness the power it can hold. It's hard to explain that power without giving too much away so you're really just going to have to see it to witness the whole thing. Basically, a New York city photographer receives a painted version of one of his photos that appeared in a newspaper somewhere. It arrives out of the blue but he soon discovers that it was painted by an 8 year old girl named Abby. His brother and another friend convince him that he needs to let them document the relationship that ensues as Abby continues to recreate his photos in paint. Things get a little strange when he starts interacting with different people in Abby's family and some things start to not add up. There are a few scenes, once they go to meet the family in person, that are so awkward and uncomfortable, that I felt kind of sick to my stomach.
I enjoyed Catfish more than the Social Network, but it kind of reinforces the power and audacity of what was going on as Facebook was being created in the Social Network. Seeing Catfish made me more interested in reading the book that the Social Network was based on than the Social Network did. Seems rather odd but it's true. The connections you can make, the people you can be or not be once on the internet, especially Facebook, are now staggering. I highly recommend seeing these movies in conjunction if you can I think it really added something to the experience.