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Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 3 September 2010 (USA)
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A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Ransone
Tempestt Bledsoe ... Herself (archive footage)
Morgan Spurlock ... Himself - Narrator
Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself - Narrator (segment "It's Not Always A Wonderful Life")
Bill Gates ... Himself
Greg Crowe ... Johnny the Mechanic
Alisha Nagarsheth ... Student
Rahmel Long ... Courtroom Audience
Ngozi Jane Anyanwu ... Uneek
Barry Eisler Barry Eisler ... Himself
John D. Rockefeller ... Himself
Zoe Sloane ... Blake
Sarah Croce Sarah Croce ... Yoga Instructor
Konishiki Konishiki ... Himself
Lian Amado ... High School Girl (as Lian Toni Amado)
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The field of economics can study more than the workings of economies or businesses, it can also help explore human behavior in how it reacts to incentives. Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner host an anthology of documentaries that examines how people react to opportunities to gain, wittingly or otherwise. The subjects include the possible role a person's name has for their success in life, why there is so much cheating in an honor bound sport like sumo wrestling, what helped reduce crime in the USA in the 1990s onward and we follow an school experiment to see if cash prizes can encourage struggling students to improve academically. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Six Rogue Filmmakers Explore The Hidden Side Of Everything

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Rated PG-13 for elements of violence, sexuality/nudity, drugs, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freakonomia See more »

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,893, 3 October 2010

Gross USA:

$101,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,216
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Steven Levitt - Author: The closest thing to a worldview, I would say, in "Freakonomics," is that incentives matter. Not just financial incentives, but social incentives and moral incentives.
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The Wikisummaries of the book is much better
2 April 2011 | by DanDVSee all my reviews

I read the book enough years ago to have forgotten a big part of it, yet I still saw that the movie omitted major topics, while dragging a lot on others (sumo and the experiment of bribing the 9th graders).

In general, the movie could have mentioned more convincing data and statistics, instead of dwelling on obscure bits. For example, the parenting chapter was massively abridged. The book talks about 10 factors that actually make a difference, like parents having lots of book in their home. The chapter on why drug dealers still live with their moms was omitted, and so was the chapter on Ku Klux Klan.

And here's an actually *useful* bit of information, as opposed to my opinions about this movie: You're much better off spending 5 minutes reading the summary of the book from Wikisummaries.org (short URL - http://bit.ly/haT4i2).


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