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Without getting into the troubling notion that this whole thing is a put-on, the "big revelation" is nothing that anyone with a passing familiarity with socialization on the internet didn't already know after 10 minutes in an AOL chat room circa 1998.
Opens with bursting promise of investigation, only to end up inside a particular quicksand of depression that's far too substantial for the trio to process with any sort of desired, respectful intelligibility.
I believe that a documentary should do one of two things: educate you about things not known or present you with something familiar but with added depth of knowledge... Catfish meets neither of those requirements.
What rankles about Catfish is the way it treats the person at the other end of Nev's flirtation with feigned sympathy, turning that person's tragically complicated life into faux-profound fodder for Generation Internet.