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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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James Ransone
Tempestt Bledsoe ... Self (archive footage)
Melvin Van Peebles ... Self - Narrator (segment "It's Not Always A Wonderful Life")
Morgan Spurlock ... Self - Narrator
Bill Gates ... Self
Greg Crowe ... Johnny the Mechanic
Alisha Nagarsheth ... Student
Zoe Sloane ... Blake
John D. Rockefeller ... Self
Kahiry Bess ... Deshawn
Barry Eisler Barry Eisler ... Self
Ngozi Jane Anyanwu ... Uneek
Mala Wright ... Courtroom Audience
Konishiki Konishiki ... Self
Tarô Akebono ... Self (as Akebono)
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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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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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Interesting Documentary
25 July 2011 | by RDOwensSee all my reviews

A few of the issues addressed in the book are examined: cheating, paying students, crime.

The crime segment was interesting as statistics were actually used. I didn't quite understand how the percentages were developed for why crime decreased. I do find it interesting that Roe v. Wade is used to explain the reduction of crime in the late 1980s.

I guess I didn't quite follow the sumo controversy too carefully. That a match that doesn't much matter is "thrown" doesn't bother me. When an NFL team has secured a spot in the playoffs, it often doesn't play its stars in a meaningless end of season regular game. I liken the sumo situation to that.

Freakonomics is thought provoking. For that, it is recommended. Treat yourself to an interesting flick.


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3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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$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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