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Hulu hosts free ‘Freakonomics’ clip


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m currently reading Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner’s “Freakonomics,” and loving the duo’s insights. A recent chapter compared school teachers to sumo wrestler to explain why cheating is prevalent in society. Another chapter linked the Ku Klux Klan to real estate agents … and it made sense! It’s a great read, and I’m hoping it translates into a great documentary.

That’s right, the book is about to be adapted to film courtesy of such award-winning directors as Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”), Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and Seth Gordon (“The King of Kong”). Today, Hulu has posted an exclusive free clip of the upcoming documentary from Magnolia Pictures.

Here’s a synopsis:

Alex Gibney 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 offers up a buoyant and revealing angle on the repercussions of baby names. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing 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 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.

And here’s the clip which controversially, yet logically, links declines in crime rates to the legalization of abortion.

“Freakonomics” opens in select theaters on Oct. 1.

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