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Freakonomics 

By Heidi Ewing and Alex Gibney (Mongrel)

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If you haven’t yet read Freakonomics, the bestselling 2005 book about how economics plays a part in our daily lives, don’t worry. Now that it’s been made into a documentary you can cheat and just watch the movie instead. Cheating is one of the issues the film delves into, as well as the importance of names, corruption in sumo wrestling, and whether students can be bribed to do better in school. The film is a series of short documentaries, each helmed by a different filmmaker (Morgan Spurlock directs the segment on names). It’s an interesting approach but ultimately unsatisfying, like eating samples of different ice creams instead of a whole scoop.
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