I’ve been going through a documentary phase and “Freakonomics” stuck out more than the rest.
When you hear documentary the typical names such as Moore and Spurlock come to mind, but in this book adaptation a unique approach was taken. Different people directed separate portions of the book. The authors have input too. This serves as a nice, quick-hitting style.
I’m not close to a reviewer but I definitely recommend the 93 minute movie. They look into Japan’s Sumo culture which has murder and corruption.
Another good part was the closing segment which explores bribing 9th graders with $50 to earn C’s and up with mixed results and economists questioning whether to start such experiments at earlier ages.
My favorite part was the controversial hypothesis that Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationally, may have been the biggest contributor to the 1990s national crime reduction period after peaking in the 1980’s. I’ll leave it up to you whether it’s sound logic or not. But if you’re looking for some thought provoking pieces rather than facts stuffed down your throat this documentary is for you.