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Freakonomics [DVD]

Jade Viggiano , Kahiry Bess , Heidi Ewing , Alex Gibney    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jade Viggiano, Kahiry Bess, Zoe Sloane
  • Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki
  • Writers: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jan 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMS0L6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,008 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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It’s finally here: the film with all the answers. The documentary that dares to look at the hidden side of everything. Based on the bestselling book written by famed New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner and “rogue economist” Steven Levitt, Freakonomics The Movie brings together some of the world’s most groundbreaking, innovative filmmakers to try and find out what really keeps this planet spinning. Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Hunter S. Thompson), Seth Gordon (King Of Kong), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) have joined forces to bring to life some of the craziest and most controversial social theories.

Mixing pop culture with economics the results are shocking, humorous and essential. Have you ever wondered if the name of your child can determine their success in life? Does legalised abortion lower the crime rate? Can young school children be bribed into getting better grades? All this and more is expertly tackled in this groundbreaking documentary that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okish 3 April 2011
I do like the concept of Freakonomics and reading the book was funny. Trying to make a movie out of that subject is kind of superfluous and does not add anything. You really don't need to see any faces when they try to answer the question whether certain names have a higher chance of success than others. That said, I think they made the best out of it but you don't miss anything if you miss it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smart, modern research documentary 2 Feb 2011
Smart, interesting and fun. This film is basically a big research project presented in a real modern, wacky way (with some cool word graphics). This film is based on and much like the book and creates a differently welcomed movie experience - it's more like a TV series. This style brings a complex study and subjects (American race, education, and corruption in sumo wrestling) to a mass audience - making research material fun. There are 4 small short topic stories. It does drag after a bit - a rent at best, not a keeper.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great 21 Dec 2011
I like the concept behind the film which is that you can prove all sorts of surprising things by careful analysis of data. For instance careful examination of sumo wrestling results has shown that there is cheating within the sport and, although this is officially denied, there is little doubt that it goes on. The authors have also shown that the most likely cause of the decline in crime that happened in the 90s in the US was due to the access to abortion granted 20 years previously and not due to improved policing methods or any similar endeavour. Although the ideas proposed by the film are interesting the film itself is rather inane. It is split into four parts, the first of which considers whether peoples' attitudes and experience are shaped by the name their parent's give them at birth. Amazingly it comes to the conclusion that we are affected more by environment and experience than by our nomenclature. Who would have thunk it? The last part examines whether you can bribe children to be more successful academically and concludes that it is only partially successful and other factors play a part such as the upbringing of the child. Who would have thunk that too? The two middle pieces are more interesting looking at the investigation of cheating within the world of sumo and the cause of the decline in crime in the 90s. Ultimately the film tries too hard to be entertaining and fails to hit the target. I am however tempted to read the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ▼ Mumbling Americans 18 Oct 2012
By Deamus
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The book was a good read but the film is a no-no. The section on corruption has various interviews with Japanese guys and there are white subtitles on a largely white(!) background. One of the authors is difficult to understand - too many Americanisms, jargon & slang. Not for Non-Americans.
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