Family Ties — Turtle Business

Alex Keaton talks to pre-schoolers about starting a business and taxes. It is a fun clip to show when introducing a discussion about taxes. To avoid any issues with political differences, I usually note beforehand that Michael J. Fox, who plays Alex, was a Democrat in real life but played a Republican on the show.

Thanks to Matt Rousu for the clip and description!

Johnny Cash — One Piece at a Time

Johnny Cash works out how he was able to build an entire car during his time at the assembly plant because he would steal the parts one piece at a time. He had a bit of trouble when it was time to register the car with the state because it came from so many different years.

Thanks for the clip Jim Bang!

The Founder — Opening Scene

The Founder is based on the rise of Ray Kroc and the McDonald’s brothers. The opening scene of the movie can be used to talk about a variety of topics in producer theory. Michael Keaton plays entrepreneur Ray Kroc and the opening scene starts with Kroc explaining how fast food establishments can upgrade to a 5-spindle milkshake machine and boost the production of milkshakes at the restaurant. Keaton also goes describes themes that are used in monopolistic competition that focus on firms differentiating their products, perhaps by being able to focus on milkshakes.

Thanks for the submission Ryan Herzog!

Moneyball — Breaking Biases

While focused on how to improve team performance, this clip does a great job thinking about labor as being a derived demand and focusing on the production of inputs rather than the inputs themselves.

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