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I hate to write a mediocre review, but after reading and enjoying both Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, this movie was a little disappointing. It is not that it was bad, just that I had high expectation considering that the books were so good. I was very excited to order this and even show it in my microeconomics class, but after watching it I am not sure if I will use it at all- perhaps a clip or two.
The visual effects, illustrations, and cinematography were very good. I also was glad to seem some interviews from the authors, rather than some other format. However, if you had not already read the book, you might be a little lost on what they were talking about. I am not sure how it could have been done better, since they covered a lot of content and had limited time, but it does not seem like the viewers would walk away and say "Oh, I now have a more clear understanding of XYZ..."
The thing that bothered me most was the subtitles during the Sumo section. In addition to there being quite a bit of Japanese dialog, the subtitles were hard to read because they were all in white. Very distracting when a bright screen came up and you could not read them. I found myself anxious for this section to end so we could go back to English.
I think that the authors should consider a TV series instead of a movie, similar to their podcast now (which is great, BTW). Think Myth-Busters or Stossel's 20/20 programs: They could cover more topics without feeling rushed.
Based on the best seller of the same name, the book was written by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner. It focused on Levitt's research into the causality of numerous topics as explained via economics and tabulated information. The interesting thing, as he states, is that in seeking reasons for various topics people think things are connected to something else but it turns out not being the case. Trust me, its less complicated than you think and easier to understand than you would expect but more so after watching this film.
To make a movie out of the book, they chose 4 different notable documentary directors and went to work. Each one has their own look and feel, but all incorporate into the general picture at hand. The first is one of the most well known, Morgan Spurlock who did SUPER SIZE ME. Here he takes on the question of what is in a name.
The question here is is a person judged and their life set up early on by what their parents name them? Beginning with the example of a young girl named after Tempest Bledsoe of COSBY fame whose mother couldn't spell resulting in the name Temptress, we find that it wasn't her name so much as her environment that formed her life. But there's more to it than that. The choice of names and how they affect everything from your job acceptance to your place in society is discussed with results different than one might expect.Read more ›
The concept that Levitt purports in "Freakonomics" is to attempt to understand what factors cause societal behavior by analyzing data sets, and in doing so, he criticizes erroneous connections by others; however, by looking narrowly at certain sets of statistics, he makes the same mistake in assigning causality. For example, he concludes that since the legalization of abortion, the rate of homicide has declined and makes the argument that the availability of abortion has led to fewer homicides. Analyzing data sets to find possible correlations doesn't explain why an individual data set changes with time. By understanding the abortion rate data set, one can see that since abortion is common across all socio-economic groups, its scope does not match that of homicide, which is highest in economically disadvantaged groups.Read more ›
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Was a great movie for my high school finance class. Although there is some adult content.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Murphy
The book is sooooo much better. I read the book last year and bought around a dozen copies to give to my friends and family also some of my kids' teachers because I thought it was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kalan
We enjoyed Freakonomics the DVD, but believe that the book itself is more worthwhile.Published 2 months ago by Mary E. Simpson
I loved this book. One of the best economics books of all time, and uses real life examples that everyone can understand.Published 6 months ago by Bill C