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More to the point, what exactly does ‘Catfish’ mean?

Nev suspects this is another lie, and before too long, Angela confesses that the photos of Megan aren’t real, she is the one who painted the pictures that Nev believed Abby had sent, and she had been maintaining all the Facebook profiles of the family he had been talking to.

(No one should have to deal with this, though.) But he’s not having much luck on the Internet dating scene in Manchester (the English one, not the New Hampshire one) because he’s divorced, which comes with an enormous stigma in the Muslim community.

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Vince made an analogy of how there are people in everyone's lives who keep each other active, always on their toes and always thinking, suggesting that people should always be alert while socializing through the internet.

Young photographer Yaniv "Nev" Schulman lives with his brother Ariel in New York City.

(I’d love for movies to get away from the clichés, but if they cannot, expanding to whom the clichés can apply is a good thing, I suppose.) Fatimah has a truly unexpected complicating factor to her personality that doesn’t only bust rom-com expectations but those of Muslim women, too, who often get stereotyped as meek and demure: she has a huge anger problem, and though it is played for laughs, there’s never any question that the things she gets explosively, sometimes violently angry about are legitimately worth her ire.

(She just overreacts a tad, maybe.) But all of that gets overshadowed by how the movie simply tries too damn hard.

In the film, the husband of the "catfish", Vince, relays a story of how when live cod were shipped to Asia from North America, the fish's inactivity in their tanks resulted in only mushy flesh reaching the destination.

However, fishermen found that putting catfish in the tanks with the cod kept them active, and thus ensured the quality of the fish.

And There’s a lot to like in this sweet first film from newbie writer-director Oz Arshad.

For one big thing, Arshad makes his ridiculously low-budget film look far more expensive: I would never have guessed that Finding Fatimah was made for under half a million pounds. It’s sort of nice, I guess, to see the tropes of rom-coms applied to modern, sophisticated, urban Muslims who are pretty conservative: these characters cannot even hug, much less kiss or go to bed together, not even during the stereotypical bad-first-date and later the falling-in-love montage.

It wants us to buy Shahid as a stand-up comedian — he’s competing in a local talent show called Muslims with Talent — but he’s simply not funny.

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