Freakonomics

Freakonomics

The Movie

DVD - 2011
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The highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by renowned economists Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years.
Publisher: New York : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2011
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD 330 Fre

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StopHarperNow
Feb 27, 2015

For a couple of guys who pretend to have the secret truth behind many falsely-held beliefs, they frequently make unfounded assumptions and show a definite bias in the treatment and selection of their topics. Why did they not look at game-fixing in NFL football instead of Sumo wrestling? Would it have been too-touchy a subject matter for their American publishers and producers? In general, they seemed more preoccupied in jazzing up facts to sell their books than doing what they profess to do - finding the truth.

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JLMason
Aug 11, 2014

This a pop culture entertainment version of the book, not a documentary so it's pretty light. That said , it was enjoyable seeing Dubner and Levitt interviewed, and the part covering the suomo wrestlers was quite interesting.

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BlueHippo
Jul 29, 2013

I have not read the book so have nothing to compare the movie to. I enjoyed this but thought a lot of it was pretty elementary. There were some surprising ideas, however, which actually do make sense, but I am not sure they were actually able to "prove" their theories.

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duane767
Feb 01, 2013

I will just assume that the book is better than the movie even though the movie is a documentary. When it's suggested that America's crime rate is low because of the number of abortions within the nation...I guess these are things that just make you go "hmmmm." Didn't find anything revelatory in their hypotheses, but maybe that's just me.

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jlcaine
Dec 06, 2011

This DVD was not what I expected from a book that has obviously done so well in bookstores. The DVD read like an instructional DVD rather than a movie, with individual clips narrated by the authors of the book and produced by individual writers rather than just one movie. This created a disjointed feel and texbook-like quality to the movie rather than a cohesive message that a viewer could walk away with. The stories themselves were not very impressive - as they were mediocre in their content but exhaustive in the amount of time they each took to get the point. It truly felt like a loss of time, with really not WOW moments in the film. I would not recommend.

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hgibbins
Nov 14, 2011

Overall it was a fairly interesting movie, but no where near as interesting as the book. I think they could have chosen a couple of different stories to highlight in this movie, that would better describe just how weird some of the stuff they looked into was. The segment on getting paid for grades was good, as was the short one on real estate. I was really hoping they would show the one on drug dealing, as I think that would have been interesting for a lot of people, especially students.

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dprodrig
Sep 23, 2011

It was an interesting watch because it condensed what was available in the book in a more accessible format. Each segment was directed by a different person and it threw me a little bit, especially when it came to the sumo wrestling bit. It was also neat to see the authors themselves and their personalities. I did watch the extras where you just saw the bulk interviews on each topic - some of which weren't covered in the main part of the video. Is it the most scintillating video I've ever seen? No, but the topics were neat and for those who prefer to watch movies as opposed to reading books, then I'd recommend this. Plus, it's more accessible to kids who are younger, say under 10, and it's a great way to get them to talk about complex ideas and different ways to look at them.

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Jennmro
Jun 20, 2011

This felt disjointed and lacked the in depth info I enjoyed in the book.

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Michael
May 24, 2011

An awful lot of this was intellectual navel-gazing by Levitt and Dubner, awkwardly caught in the visual medium of film, as opposed to the comfort offered by their less visible niche - the written-genre. So, I'm going to say something here, that I've always wanted to in at least ONE movie review: "THE BOOK WAS BETTER"!

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blendez
Mar 06, 2011

its one of those documentary's that subject matter you wish kept on going and each chapter could of been their own movie.

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