I hope that headline got your attention, because basically there are no celebrities involved with Freakonomicsas far as most moviegoers are concerned (unlike that blockbuster Darfur Now, which featured George Clooney, Don Cheadle and Arnold Schwarzenegger). However, to documentary aficionados this anthology film is an all-star collaboration, including segments helmed by acclaimed directors Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; Taxi to the Dark Side), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me: Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?), Eugene Jarecki(Why We Fight; The Trials of Henry Kissinger) and Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (The Boys of Baraka, Jesus Camp), as well as connective interludes from Seth Gordon (The King of Kong; umm, Four Christmases).

As Monika wrote way back in 2007, all these segments will represent and adapt from different sections of the 2005 non-fiction best seller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. It consists of articles that non-traditionally apply economics to different pop culture topics. Apparently the initially attached documentarians Laura Poitras and Jehane Noujaim did not make it into the final fold, and only four of the book's six chapters appear to have made the leap to the big screen.

Magnolia Pictures, which has picked up North American rights to the movie, brings us details on which chapters were handled by which filmmaker(s): Gibney took on the first section, about sumo wrestling; Spurlock adapted chapter six's topic of baby names; Jarecki does the fifth section dealing with the impact of legalized abortion on crime rates; and Ewing and Grady have chapter four, about underachieving kids. Gordon's binding segments will feature commentary from Levitt and Dubner.
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