We Google all day. And when the boss turns away, we sneak in a Facebook update.
It's amazing how influential and prevalent both online innovations have become in our culture. So much so that even their names most often take the form of verbs.
We Facebook lost friends and classmates and can Friend them in an instant. And those we have second thoughts about we can un-Friend just as quickly.
Facebook remains untamed territory, a place where anyone can be a somebody, and we can put forth both our best and our worst faces.
In "Catfish," an intriguing and suspenseful documentary, a puppy-dog-eyed photographer learns firsthand how Facebook has the power to deceive and, in a curious way, heal. How so?
Here's what I can reveal without divulging too much. Single guy Nev Schulman becomes Facebook friends with 8-year-old Abby, an uncannily good artist (Red Flag No. 1!) who paints a photo he's taken. Soon the 24-year-old receives more and more artwork (Red Flag No. 2!), and then Friends other members of Abby's family, including her talented knockout (Red Flag 3!) of a sister Megan.
Nev makes for a charming and kind-souled narrator, a handsome guy who will certainly garner even more Friend requests on Facebook, especially his tightie briefs scene.
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Anyone who has caught "Caftish's" creepy trailer realizes that something's not quite right here, and that it could take us down the jittery path of "The Blair Witch Project." Just be ready for surprises as "Catfish" veers away from the cruel.
It is rare for a film to upend expectations in such a dramatic way. "Catfish" does it by showing rather than telling, as it nails how social networking is an integral part of our lives, for better and for worse.
Doubt obviously will be cast on whether this amounts to 100-percent documentary filmmaking. Questions might surface about whether pivotal scenes were staged or dramatized. Even the origins of its title almost seems too unbelievably perfect in an already unbelievable tale.
I don't really care. I bought "Catfish" hook, line and sinker, and, three weeks after watching it still can't shake off its effects.
But you'll just have to see for yourself. I've gotta run. There are a few people on Facebook I need to un-Friend.
RATING: PG-13 (some sexual references)
CAST: Yaniv "Nev" Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Abby, Megan
DIRECTORS: Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost .
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour, 28 minutes.