Willie Waffle is the movie critic for people who hate movie critics.

Pay What You Want For A Movie?

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If you could determine how much to pay to see a movie, would you be handing over Lincolns, Hamiltons or Benjamins?

I think all of us have walked out of a movie thinking it was not worth the ten or fifteen bucks you shelled out at the ticket counter (and fantasized about approaching the manger and demanding your money back in a scene that could only be straight out of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm), but you are about to get the rare opportunity to pay what you want to attend a showing of Freakonomics

I already paid $9.99 to see the movie on iTunes, but what is a ticket to Freakonomics worth to you?

For those who are not familiar with the documentary or the book, Freakonomics is a movie (and a book) about using statistics and economic theories to attempt to prove or understand human behavior. 

Anyone who loves to do crossword puzzles or the daily Sudoku will enjoy the intellectual aspect of the movie and the interesting themes it investigates.  Others who have become fans of the documentarians involved in the project will be thrilled to have new material to enjoy, but Magnolia Pictures is putting its money where its mouth is, in a sense.

For special sneak previews of the movie being held on September 22 (including a show at the Landmark E Street Cinema here in DC), ticket buyers get to determine how much they will pay, from 1 penny to 100 bucks, to see the movie.

Of course, there is a catch, but a minor one.  The writers of the book, Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, are asking the audience to fill out a short survey at http://www.magpictures.com/freakonomics/freaksurvey.html.

You get to remain anonymous, the questions are very basic demographic information, and Dubner and Levitt plan to use the data to make determinations about what who is willing to pay how much, which perfectly fits in with the movie's themes.

I'll have a full review when Freakonomics opens on October 1, but let me know what you think of the movie and how much you were willing to pay.