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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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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
Alisha Nagarsheth ... Student
Greg Crowe ... Johnny the Mechanic
Rahmel Long ... Courtroom Audience
Zoe Sloane ... Blake
Barry Eisler Barry Eisler ... Himself
Kahiry Bess ... Deshawn
John D. Rockefeller ... Himself
Mark James Fernandes ... Courtroom Audience
Ngozi Jane Anyanwu ... Uneek
Adesuwa Addy Iyare ... Temptress' Mom
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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

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3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freakonomia See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,893, 4 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,675, 28 November 2010
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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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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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exasperating obnoxious time wasting overly decorative irritating style
13 August 2011 | by marymorrisseySee all my reviews

now I've seen something by morgan spurlock finally, which at least didn't involve watching him doing schtick or shooting off at the mouth, and yet... it couldn't have been more annoying! the piece on sumo wrestlers begins with this "artistic" minute or so of wrestling shots with Japanese characters and numbers ticking off on either side of the screen. what's the point? Art? What a joke. This movie had far too much ground to cover to waste time with dubious post production wizardry that served only to slow the thing down.

Also, the music is INCREDIBLY annoying and far too loud a lot of the time. The opening credits were also far too long and "fancified" as if bells and whistles would make them any less of a waste of time to sit through.

I could not get through the Sumo section. I also found, I have to say, the authors, as I guess they were, the two guys "playing off each other" cause they imagine themselves to be "funny"... to be incredibly annoying. As in, guy 1: I'm about to sell my house. Guy 2: and a very nice house it is! I say so! I'm the real estate agent1" LOLs galore try just shutting your butt face and letting the damn information proceed. Or is it clever or funny in some way for filmmakers to ask 2 experts, "so is there a name I could name my child that would guarantee his success in the world?" HAHAHA it's that famous "Wit" again! Obviously this isn't possible! Anybody would know, especially at the end of this overlong segment that established this over and over first from the mouth of one expert then from another mouth of another expert. Why it must be HUMOR and COMEDY that motivated the question! HAHAHAH! LOL! HORRIBLE attempt at infotainment that had me feeling like kicking in my television...

Life is far too short for a film like this to pollute my brain. I'll take the advice of another reviewer here to check out the wiki entries on the book, since it's clear to me I wouldn't enjoy the style of these two entertaining economics professors or whatever they are, borderline criminals offers the "funny guy" LOL HAHAHA!


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