"Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who directed Jesus Camp, wisely decided not to adapt one of the book's chapters. Instead, their 'Can You Bribe a Ninth Grader to Succeed?' observes an experiment run by University of Chicago economists (including Levitt) at a nearby high school. This is the only segment that begins without a foregone conclusion, and thus is the most interesting."
"An engaging, warmly funny tale of a bizarre Chicago experiment."
-TIME OUT NEW YORK
"Demonstrating the benefits of a patient, traditional documentary approach, Ewing and Grady get remarkable access to skate punk Kevin Muncy, an ingenious kid who can't be bothered with school but who builds a tattoo gun out of an electric toothbrush and a guitar string, and Urail King, an extrovert whose response to seeing the inside of a Hummer limo is so unrestrained you think steam might come out of his ears."
-THE VILLAGE VOICE
"Powerful and provocative.... Directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing look at a Chicago Heights high school where kids with subpar grades are offered $50 a month if they can get straight C's or better. Two kids who eagerly agree to the experiment emerge as lively, not easily forgotten characters."
-THE NEW YORK POST
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
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