Official Trailer for Anthology Documentary of 'Freakonomics'

August 12, 2010
Source: Apple

Freakonomics Trailer

Magnolia has debuted an official trailer on Apple for Freakonomics, the anthology documentary version of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's popular economics book. They recruited a team of some of the best documentary filmmakers - Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) - to each delve into one of the different economically wild topics the book covers. I've heard some mixed things about the doc, but this trailer looks good. Check it out and let us know what you think?

Watch the official trailer for the documentary adaptation of Freakonomics:

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You can also watch the official Freakonomics trailer in High Definition on Apple

Freakonomics is an adaptation of the non-fiction book of the same name, written by economist Steven Levitt and NY Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner, which combines pop culture and economics for educational and entertaining results. Jarecki focuses on explaining a drop in crime rates in the early 90's, while Spurlock looks at the socioeconomic patterns and repercussions of baby names. Meanwhile, Grady & Ewing look at results of underachieving students getting cash to excel and Gibney dives into shady dealings of the Sumo wrestling world. Gordon directs the segments that link these together. Arrives in theaters on October 1st.

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not sure they really needed a movie for the book(s). guess it'd be good for those who haven't read them? these guys are awesome tho.

lego on Aug 12, 2010


I love the book *(which everyone should read). This looks like everything in the book directly translated into documentary form. Not sure it's necessary, but I'll probably check this out.

Stephen on Aug 12, 2010


The book is good, but the trailer is.....bad? I showed it to a friend, and as I suspected, he didnt get it. He doesnt know about the book, and was wondering if the film was only about giving kids $50 for an " A " on a test. "What is this about?? that ppl are cynical and will do anything for money? Doh". So, go recut the trailer, drop the silly US-doc-music and try to tell what the film is about? Still have high hopes for these intelligent filmmakers 🙂 PS If you understand the "butterfly effect", this is sorta a version of that. Sorta.

David Banner on Aug 12, 2010


"If you understand the "butterfly effect", this is sorta a version of that. Sorta."....Hmmm...What?! Like #1 said, i think this is aimed at those who never read the book, because this looks like a direct transition to movie form.

Ricardo on Aug 13, 2010


Should i read the book first?

Josef on Aug 13, 2010


i agree with david. this is a horrible trailer. it really dropped off my excited expectation level

eric on Aug 13, 2010


Yeah, pretty bad trailer.

Bryan Bortz on Aug 13, 2010


Looks very interesting! I'd suggest reading the book first then seeing this and if you can, find a few friends to discuss with afterwards! It's an eye opening experience!

Tony R on Aug 18, 2010


Wait, premieres Sept 3 on iTunes, then in theatres in October? Never seen that before...

Serafina on Aug 19, 2010

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