Parents' Guide to

Catfish

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Online life docu reels viewers in with suspense, humanity.

Movie PG-13 2010 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Intriguing premise has some iffy material

"Catfish" is a very interesting film that talks about risks of being on social media. It has a brisk pace that should be enough for older teens to keep along with their parents when watching the film, even though sometimes it gets really uncomfortable watching (there are scenes where when the filmmakers meet their online friends in real life, there is a sense that the subjects' privacy is being "invaded"). I would recommend this film more for older teens mainly because of one scene where one of the filmmakers reads aloud a sexually detailed message he receives. Other than that, there is occasional swearing. This theme is definitely worth discussing with teens, but I think this movie is best for older and more mature ones. 7.2/10
age 12+

I hated it

I let my daughter watch is film and she was horrified from the sexual and violent scenes I would ban this film or make it an 18+. I advise you not to watch this film with children or without.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

It's hard to discuss the potency of CATFISH without spoiling it, but suffice it to say that the film succeeds in illustrating the perils of online relationships without vilifying anyone. (Even those who, under other circumstances, might shoulder much of the blame.) Despite the movie's frequently grainy, shaky, and off-kilter footage, it manages to move forward with such momentum that we have no other choice but to ride along. And it perfectly captures what it's like to live and love and learn online.

Yes, some viewers may suspect they know what's around the bend within the first 20 minutes. And it's true that the filmmakers, who are also characters in the documentary, at times come off as glib with their banter. But the way the movie twists -- and it may not be the twist you expect -- reveals so much about human nature and how compassion and wisdom lurk in places that you don't always look. As one character explains when discussing why catfish is kept in the same vats as cod during transit, the catfish keep the cod agile. But just who is the catfish here, and who is the cod?

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