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Freakonomics -- The best-selling book that dramatically changed the way we look at the world is brought to life by six of the most acclaimed directors of our time in a funny, thought-provoking and highly entertaining film.
Freakonomics -- Some of the world's most innovative documentary filmmakers explore incentives-based thinking.
Freakonomics -- Freakonomics is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies...


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Six Rogue Filmmakers Explore The Hidden Side Of Everything
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James Ransone

Tempestt Bledsoe ... Herself (archive footage)

Morgan Spurlock ... Himself - Narrator

Bill Gates ... Himself

Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself - Narrator (segment "It's Not Always A Wonderful Life")

Greg Crowe ... Johnny the Mechanic

Rahmel Long ... Courtroom Audience
Sarah Croce ... Yoga Instructor

Alisha Nagarsheth ... Student

Ngozi Jane Anyanwu ... Uneek

Zoe Sloane ... Blake
John D. Rockefeller ... Himself
Barry Eisler ... Himself

Kahiry Bess ... Deshawn
Konishiki ... Himself

Jade Viggiano ... High School Girl

Dan Chen ... Bruce-Cubicle Worker

Mala Wright ... Courtroom Audience
Steven Levitt ... Himself - Author
Christina Duran ... All American Mom / Tallulah
Carl Alleyne ... Temptress' Mom's Boyfriend
Veronica Heffron ... Courtroom Audience

Lian Toni Amado ... High School Girl
Nicholas Tong ... Dwight-Cubicle Worker
Emily Shaw ... Stripper
Stephen Dubner ... Himself - Co-Author
Blaire Whitney ... High School Girl
Hassan Brown ... Deshawn's Dad
Kelli Chaves ... High School Girl
Amancaya Aguilar ... Mercedes
Lori Richardson ... Deshawn's Mom
Mark Getman ... Murray
Paul Matulef ... Courtroom Audience
Terence B. Exodus ... Courtroom Audience
Lisa Sobin ... High School Girl
Richard Kohn ... Judge Ignatius Lyons
Akebono ... Himself
Shae Weber ... All American Daughter / Alabama
Tyler J. Gilmore ... Kevin-Cubicle Worker
Danielle Sabrina ... High School Girl
Davida Kelly ... Bobbi
Francie Scanlon ... Courtroom Audience
Mike MacAllister ... Himself
Laura Wattenberg ... Herself
Emma Meyers ... Angela-Cubicle Worker
James Leibow ... Himself
Loshona ... Uneqqee
Peter Zerneck ... All American Dad / Marmaduke
Leslie Marx ... Courtroom Audience
Mark Dorsey ... Jake's Dad
Peggy Davern ... Courtroom Audience
Kristina Hovey ... Stripper
Erin Renee Taylor ... High School Girl
Alyssa Wheeldon ... High School Girl
Ashley Bryan ... Jake's Mom
Kellie Gerardi ... Lexus
Sendhil Mullainathan ... Himself (as Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan)
Ron Douglas ... Robert Lane
J. Avery Shoates ... Young Temptress
Richard Kohn ... Judge Ignatius Lyons
Jameesha Blackburn ... Uneque
Andrew Greiche ... Jake
Almudin Ally ... Courtroom Audience
Mark Fernandes ... Courtroom Audience
Jalani McNair ... Loser Lane
Tara Hall ... High School Girl
Keenan Pollack ... All American Infant / Gidget
Adam Kaufman ... Angry Deli Owner
Hector Palacios ... Courtroom Audience
Maya Cain ... Baby Temptress
Roland Fryer ... Himself
Adesuwa Addy Iyare ... Temptress' Mom
Loren Cagno ... High School Girl
Michael Worthington ... Baliff
Nikoli ... Winner Lane
Cheyenne Bascoe ... Temptress
Nicholas Bulba ... All American Son / Rufus

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Heidi Ewing 
Alex Gibney 
Seth Gordon 
Rachel Grady 
Eugene Jarecki 
Morgan Spurlock 
Writing credits
Peter Bull (written by) (segment "Pure Corruption") &
Alex Gibney (written by) (segment "Pure Corruption")

Jeremy Chilnick (written by) (segment "A Roshanda by Any Other Name") &
Morgan Spurlock (written by) (segment "A Roshanda by Any Other Name")

Eugene Jarecki (written by) (segment "It's Not Always a Wonderful Life")

Heidi Ewing (written by) (segment "Can a Ninth Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?") &
Rachel Grady (written by) (segment "Can a Ninth Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?")

Seth Gordon (written by) (intro and transitional segments)

Steven Levitt (book) (as Steven D. Levitt) and
Stephen Dubner (book) (as Stephen J. Dubner)

Produced by
Craig Atkinson .... producer
Peter Bull .... segment producer
Hilary Carr .... co-producer
Peter Cerbin .... co-producer
Rafi Chaudry .... co-producer
Joanna Chejade-Bloom .... co-segment producer
Jeremy Chilnick .... segment producer
Paul Fiore .... executive producer
Kathleen Fournier .... segment producer
Alex Gibney .... segment producer
Christina Gonzalez .... line producer
Seth Gordon .... executive producer
Alexandra Johnes .... segment producer
Sloane Klevin .... co-producer
Erika Knowles .... associate producer
Damon Martin .... executive producer
Dan O'Meara .... producer
Jay Rifkin .... executive producer
Michael Roban .... executive producer
Mary Rohlich .... segment producer
Chris Romano .... producer
Melinda Shopsin .... co-producer
Michiko Toyama .... associate producer
Chad Troutwine .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Brill 
Craig DeLeon  (as Craig Deleon)
Michael Furjanic 
Mike MacAllister 
Peter Nashel 
Jon Spurney 
Michael Wandmacher 
Cinematography by
Junji Aoki 
Derek Hallquist 
Tony Hardmon 
Darren Lew 
Daniel Marracino 
Ferne Pearlstein 
Rob VanAlkemade 
Film Editing by
Douglas Blush 
Tova Goodman 
Sloane Klevin 
Luis Lopez 
Nelson Ryland 
Michael Taylor 
Art Direction by
Joe Posner 
Makeup Department
Nicole Khitrik .... makeup artist
Mindi Levinson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Alexandra Johnes .... post-production supervisor
Shirel Kozak .... production manager
Sound Department
Peter Buccellato .... sound recordist
Travis Call .... audio post coordinator
Bill Chesley .... sound designer
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor
Brian Fish .... sound mixer
Matt Geldof .... sound recordist
Steve Giammaria .... assistant re-recording mixer
Steve Giammaria .... sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
David Hocs .... sound recordist
Christopher Koch .... sound re-recording mixer
Shuji Kosaki .... sound recordist
Cate Montana .... dialogue editor
Ryan M. Price .... voiceover recordist
Alex Riordan .... production sound mixer: Chicago
Tom Ryan .... adr recordist
Matt Vogel .... sound mixer
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
Elmo Weber .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Marie Deleon .... di producer
Billy Gabor .... DI colorist
Marci Ichimura .... visual effects lead
Lewis Kofsky .... visual effects and animation producer
Jess Mireau .... motion graphics
Brian Oakes .... motion graphics producer
Mark Rubbo .... visual effects
J. Clay Tweel .... visual effects
Chris Wiseman .... conforming hd editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jillian Arnold .... first assistant camera: introductoin and transitional segments
Craig Atkinson .... additional cinematogrpher
Ben Bloodwell .... additional cinematography
Hisashi Kikuchi .... assistant camera
Ronan Killeen .... second camera
Philip J. Martinez .... additional Steadicam operator
William O'Marra .... second camera
Antonio Rossi .... additional cinematography
Animation Department
Matthew Foglia .... 3D animation supervisor
Editorial Department
Simon Barker .... supervising editor
Dan Bowhers .... technical assistance
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Rob Burgos .... colorist (segment: Can a Ninth Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?)
Daniel DiMauro .... assistant editor
Andrew Doga .... assistant editor
Paul Frost .... supervising editor
Dan Hacker .... assistant editor
Jeff Hedberg .... technical assistance
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Ben Sozanski .... first assistant editor
J. Clay Tweel .... assistant editor
Music Department
Susie Bench .... orchestrator
Paul Brill .... composer: additional music
Michael Wandmacher .... orchestrator: introduction and transitional segments
Other crew
Audra Arnaudon .... production coordinator
Erin Barnett .... assistant to director
Sam Black .... researcher
Caitlin Bray .... assistant to director
Sarah Carleton .... assistant to executive producer
Philip Dann .... location manager
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production counsel
Eline Gordts .... intern
Amna Hafiz .... intern
Emmy Suzuki Harris .... interpreter
Emmy Suzuki Harris .... production coordinator
Kordula Hildebrandt .... public relations
Rolando Hudson .... location manager
Brian Nils Johnson .... production assistant
Susan Johnson .... researcher
Barbara Karen .... production accountant
Nate McCallister .... intern
Nicholas Nummerdor .... production assistant
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Nicholas Ray .... intern
Daniel Schloss .... production assistant
Sara Schweizer .... production assistant
Siobhan Shields .... production assistant
Christopher St. John .... researcher
Robert Stein .... legal services
Yukari Watanabe .... interpreter
Henriette Wollmann .... legal consultant: international sales
Zachary Skipp .... intern (uncredited)
Robert Edwards .... thanks
Edward Eglin .... special thanks
Aidan Ferreria .... special thanks
Christine Ferreria .... special thanks
Brian Galvin .... special thanks
Nova Jacobs .... special thanks
Helen Kay .... thanks
Jeremy Rabb .... special thanks
Daniel A. West .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for elements of violence, sexuality/nudity, drugs, and brief strong language
93 min | USA:85 min
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Germany:6 | Japan:G | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46215)

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Freakonomics, 29 January 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Based upon the bestselling book written by steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics the film is an omnibus of shorts, where different filmmakers adapt a segment of the book for their respective sections, and then putting them all together into a feature length documentary. In some ways, it could have been directed by an invisible hand rather than the "big name" documentarians of today and probably still come up on tops, since the subject matter is rather contentious at best, and in my opinion, a little bit too stretched.

For my limited understanding of basic economic principles from school, there's hardly any straightforward demand and supply theories that can be applied by anyone not too well versed with various theorems and hypotheses that Economics deal with, though you need not have intimate knowledge of the subject in order to view the film. I thought it was more of a sociology experiment, since there are many of topics here that deal with the basic human condition on social principles rather than an economic standpoint, and in many ways, through its touted in depth analysis, it's more akin to hammering a square peg into a round hole.

It adapts from chapters in the book such as discovering cheating as applied to teachers and delving deep into the closed community of sumo wrestlers, the patterns that emerge with the naming, or misnaming of children, and how bribery can be used as an incentive to succeed. You can imagine how economics can be applied to these, so perhaps it's quite apt that the concepts discussed are freakish to begin with. Economics theories and principles are filled with plenty of assumptions and "ceteris paribus"es, so in twisting some of these assumptions, what you get is the content as explained in Levitt and Dubner's book, which are adapted by the likes of Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me and Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Rachel Grady and Heldi Ewing (Jesus Camp), and put all together with various transitional, brief topics by Seth Gordon (The King of Kong).

Perhaps the only economics related idea here is how the lack of information and irrational choices by consumers have led to skewed markets, which goes to show the sneaky arsenal of tactics that real estate agents have up their sleeves to manipulate markets to their advantage. But while you shouldn't expect economics to fit into most of the subject matter discussed here, the concept that gets explained are incredibly sexy, and brought out through eye- catching methods, sometimes with the use of effective animation like a lubricant to force ideas down and eventually nailing that square peg into the round hole.

What's more important is the fact that we cannot deny the little things everyone does to get ahead, where the objective is to use whatever means possible to get a desired outcome. The teacher and results segment remind one about how school ranking pressures here become an obsession, with results to the detriment of those who somehow fall by the sidelines, and how an elite community help each other to stay afloat for various benefits and back-rubbing. It's human nature to seek out competitive advantage, and one constant in sitting through the various topics and scenarios presented, is how data mining (a term I got introduced to when in varsity) has that ability to present a wealth of information that can be used to analyze for gaining that upper hand. Businesses use it, and so does the many researchers of topics in Freakonomics.

You won't become an expert or a whiz after viewing this, but what it'll open your eyes and mind to, are the plenty of behind the scenes shenanigans that even the seemingly innocent industry or individual get up to, that indeed like the tagline of the film says everything has a hidden side to them. It's really more than meets the eye, and presented here in a very alluring manner.

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