I love the book and struggled to think how they would turn it into a documentary. This is OK, but it could have explained more things in short lengths rather than a few things at length.
Some interesting points raised, but I expected more than some random short stories with no real depth.
The whole doco could have been easily summarised in 30 minutes maximum. The points made are not uninteresting, but the exposition goes on and on and on. The third and last part is, by their own admission, inconclusive (the experiment is on the whole a failure) and so the interest in having at all in the movie is not obvious, to say the least. Very disappointing.
I haven't read the book, but as a social scientist, I found this application of economics to human behavior (that the discipline doesn't typically analyze) fairly interesting (but also vulnerable to charges that the authors stretched the data too far). The film is composed of three shorter films (directed by some famous documentarians, such as Spurlock) that presumably replicate chapters from the book, as well as snips of interviews with Levitt and Dubner. Each of the films contains a bit more padding than they probably need (presumably to get this to feature length) but overall the ideas would make good water cooler fare.
Fresh thinking and thought provoking.
Thought this was going to be more of a movie, since it is called 'Freakonomics:The Movie'. Just as I was getting into one topic, it changed to another. Got bored after 2-3 topics and then went back to the main menu to chose individual topics. I quite enjoyed Morgan Spurlock's Super Size me, and I borrowed this DVD because of it, but was disappointed. I think I will stick to movie length doco's on only one topic next time...
A really fun, well-made documentary. Lighthearted and enjoyable to watch, yet also incredibly educational. Highly recommended.
It dragged on in some parts, I thought it would be more interesting