Freakonomics (2010)

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Themes, violence and infrequent coarse langauge

Directors: Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Seth Gordon

Freakonomics is the highly anticipated adaptation of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The film examines human behaviour through consistently provocative and often hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years.

Status: LongWait
Run time: 85mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Member Reviews (9)

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.
Posted Thursday, 1 May 2014 See my other reviews
Pig McGee
Some interesting points raised, but I expected more than some random short stories with no real depth.
Posted Wednesday, 20 March 2013 See my other reviews
Complete drivel.
Posted Wednesday, 31 October 2012 See my other reviews
le goret
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.
Posted Friday, 13 April 2012 See my other reviews
Art S.
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.
Posted Saturday, 11 February 2012 See my other reviews
Fresh thinking and thought provoking.
Posted Sunday, 15 January 2012 See my other reviews
Anita L
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...
Posted Saturday, 17 December 2011 See my other reviews
A really fun, well-made documentary. Lighthearted and enjoyable to watch, yet also incredibly educational. Highly recommended.
Posted Sunday, 13 November 2011 See my other reviews
It dragged on in some parts, I thought it would be more interesting
Posted Saturday, 15 October 2011 See my other reviews
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