Le Weekend explains why the Coase theorem does not hold in the marriages of aging British whiners. The Lunchbox, in addition to having an interesting plot (imagine a lower-tech Indian “You’ve Got Mail”), is the best movie I’ve seen on the nature of Indian micro-transactions, whether in relationships or in the workplace. Erving Goffman would be proud, and the mention of Harvard is the funniest line I’ve heard in a movie in years. Under the Skin, as I understood it, asks what kind of trades might be possible between us and one of Rilke’s angels, if the latter were to come down to earth. The movie does indeed answer that question, and the underlying connection between Rilke and Islam is discussed here. And here is a fascinating article about the most memorable actor in the movie. Maybe the best piece you will read today.
I thought all three movies were excellent, and full of social science, though none is a movie that everyone will enjoy.
When I am watching a movie I often think “why isn’t the Coase theorem holding here?” There are few movies — outside of sappy romantic comedies — in which the Coase theorem explains much of the plot.