‘Freakonomics’ explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics. This collection of documentaries, first released in 2010, is going to be released on Amazon Prime Video this Wednesday, February 2!
Freakonomics Official Trailer
All About ‘Freakonomics’
‘Freakonomics: The Movie’ is an American documentary film first released in 2010. The film was based on the 2005 book by economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner entitled ‘Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.’
In April 2010, the documentary film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Later on the same year, it had a theatrical release later in the year. ‘Freakonomics: The Movie’ received an approval rating of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 64 critic reviews.
The following are the cast members for the documentary film ‘Freakonomics:’
Carl Alleyne as Boyfriend
Zoe Sloane as Blake
Adesuwa Addy Iyare as Temptress's Mother
Jade Viggiano as High school girl
Sammuel Soifer as Jake
Jalani McNair as Loser
Andrew Greiche as Jake
Alyssa Wheeldon as High school girl
Greg Crowe as Johnny the mechanic
Hassan Brown as Father
Kelli Chaves as High school girl
Amancaya Aguilar as Mercedes
Kellie Gerardi as Lexus
Rick Owens as 'Tad Guy'
Segments of the Collection
A Roshanda by Any Other Name
This segment features Morgan Spurlock's investigation of the possible implications of names in personal development and social advancement; especially 'black' vs. 'white' names.
In the spotlight is Alex Gibney's exploration of the Japanese concept of yaochō in sumo wrestling. Yaochō or match-fixing is an allegation that has circulated in the professional sumo wrestling scene for decades due to multiple controversies surrounding it.
It's Not Always a Wonderful Life
This segment, directed by Eugene Jarecki and narrated by Melvin Van Peebles, investigates what caused a drop in the US urban crime rate in the mid-to-late 1990s. According to the authors of Freakonomics, a significant factor was the 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which allowed women to have legal abortions, resulting in more wanted children with better upbringings.
Can You Bribe a 9th Grader to Succeed?
The final segment features Rachel Grady as she documents an experiment in Chicago Heights, Illinois to determine the efficacy of paying students to achieve higher grades.
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