Catfish Movie Name

VinceHow did the filmmakers come up with the name 'Catfish' for this tale of social media intrigue? The movie's name comes from a direct quote in the film by Vince Pierce, husband of Angela Wesselman-Pierce.

"They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They'd keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn't have somebody nipping at our fin."


As a result of the movie, the term "catfish" can now be found at Urban Dictionary with the following meaning:

1. catfish

A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

And in 2014, "catfish" was added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary with the following definition:

: a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes