Freakonomics 2010

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, br…
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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.

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  • 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.

  • Complete drivel.

  • 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.

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