Freakonomics (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Heidi Ewing
Alex Gibney
Seth Gordon
Rachel Grady
Eugene Jarecki
Morgan Spurlock
Produced by Chad Troutwine
Chris Romano
Dan O'Meara
Written by Peter Bull
Alex Gibney
Jeremy Chilnick
Morgan Spurlock
Eugene Jarecki
Heidi Ewing
Rachel Grady
Seth Gordon
Music by Paul Brill
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date
  • April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30) (Tribeca)
  • November 2010 (2010-11) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2.9 million[1]
Box office $103,735

Freakonomics: The Movie is a 2010 American documentary film based on the 2005 book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2010 with a theatrical release later in the year.[2] The film received a lukewarm reception and a 65% fresh rating at Rottentomatoes.[3]


  1. A Roshanda By Any Other Name : Morgan Spurlock's investigation of the possible implications of names, especially "black" vs. "white" names, in personal development and social advancement.
  2. Pure Corruption : Alex Gibney's exploration of the Japanese concept of yaochō (match fixing) in Sumo wrestling.
  3. It's Not Always a Wonderful Life : Narrated by Melvin Van Peebles and directed by Eugene Jarecki, this segment explores the question of what led to a decline in the urban crime rate in the US during the mid- to late 1990s. The authors of Freakonomics suggest that a substantial factor was the 1973 US Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, which permitted women to have legal abortions, leading to more wanted children with better upbringings.
  4. Can You Bribe a 9th Grader to Succeed? : Rachel Grady documents an experiment in Chicago Heights, Illinois to determine the efficacy of paying students to achieve higher grades.



  1. ^ Rampell, Catherine (September 29, 2010). "Unusual Film Gets Innovative Marketing". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Dubner, Stephen J. (April 5, 2010). "Just Weird Enough to Work? Freakonomics: The Movie Gets Distributor". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Freakonomics rating". Rotten Tomatoes. 2010. 

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