Freakonomics

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Engaging economic docu is too complex for young kids.

PG-13 2010 86 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 9+

Like Common Sense said, too complex for young kids

Both my 6.75yo and my just-turned-10yo watched this with me the other day. We paused it a lot to talk about things. They both enjoyed it, but I feel the younger kid didn't really grasp everything, whereas the older did, and probably would've while he was still 9yo as well. So, I don't think there are any major issues (Kijkwijzer (the Dutch ratings agency) rates it as safe for all ages), though if you have a very sensitive kid, murder and abortion are mentioned, but I suspect most kids under 9 are likely to be quite bored with the movie. Also, the movie mentions cheating (as in rigged matches in sumo wrestling and teachers bubbling in answers in kids' answer sheets to make the school look good), which could potentially upset kids who have a strong sense of fairness (or parents who would rather that their kids are not aware of those things - basically, those are some bad role models, though the movie doesn't advocate cheating). Also, the book is better, imo, but since my 10yo wanted to read one of Levitt and Dubner's books (When to Rob a Bank), I thought the docu would be a good intro to make the book easier to read (he hasn't read the book yet, and neither have I, so I'm not sure how that'll work out). I think both the book Freakonomics, its sequel, Superfreakonomics, and the docu do a good job making people aware of economics and incentives and the like in daily life - they're not at all boring or stuffy, but if you're a little kid, it's a little complex.

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