Rated PG-13 · 86 minutes · 2010

An interesting set of studies that only prove one case in four with any degree of satisfaction, Freakonomics is an anthology documentary based on the popular book. In fact, if you’ve read the book, you might be disappointed to learn that all four chapters are retreads. The appeal is that the work of economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner is now in the hands of great documentary directors like Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room). The study utilizes traditional economic theories and applies them to what are, on the surface, wholly different fields of focus, like corruption in sumo wrestling and the long-lasting impact of baby names. The downside is great filmmakers are squeezing their visions of each subject into about 20 minutes, which is not a winning formula.
Director: Seth Gordon, Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing




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Portland Mercury Little Incentive If you've read Freakonomics, you can skip the movie. by Denis C. Theriault 10/14/2010

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