So it’s official- my site is a popular enough media outlet that I have started getting spamish emails from PR people about random things that I may or may not be interested in. I suppose this one is more in the “may” category, though I’m not sure I quite understand how one would make a movie out of it. (In fairness, it’s a documentary, which makes sense, but I am a little disappointed that it’s not a suspense thriller, since that is usually how I view the field of economics. Spoiler: Larry Summers did it.) Without further ado, I present to you…drumroll please…the Freakonomics movie:
You can see a trailer and everything here. I find it interesting that the film is going to be available on iTunes (Sep. 3) before it’s available in theaters (Oct. 1)- I am curious as to how that is going to work out for the studio. Here’s a (perhaps overly dramatic) synopsis:
Alex Gibney (Enron:The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money) delivers a visually arresting look at the crumbling façade of Sumo wrestling and exposes searing and violent truths about this ancient and revered sport. Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) offers up a buoyant and revealing angle on the repercussions of baby names. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) balance levity and candor with their eye-opening profile of underachieving kids incentivized to learn with cold hard cash. Finally, Eugene Jarecki, who brought us the unforgettably powerful Why We Fight, investigates an unsettling theory to explain why crime rates dramatically dropped in the early ’90s. Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) weaves the pieces together with brisk interludes, providing context and commentary from the authors. Freakonomics exposes the hidden side of everything, debunking conventional wisdom, and revealing what answers may come if one just asks the right questions.
If you are so inclined, you can even fan the movie on Facebook and whatnot. I have to admit that I’m a little jealous of Prof. Levitt, although if there’s ever an econgirl movie I’d better get to be a supehero. (And yes, I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon pondering what my superpower would be- something about doing constrained optimization with a single Lagrangian, I’m pretty sure.)
Apparently I’m in good company with the spam- Tyler Cowen also plugs the movie and thanks “some PR guy” for the pointer. (I will refrain from making a joke about whether that phrase is redundant.)