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Video makers Sean T. Daily and Christopher R. Plotner examine the University of Chicago's annual four-day scavenger hunt, when students take a break from their high-pressure pursuit of obscure ideas to enjoy the high-pressure pursuit of obscure objects. Founded in 1987, the contest asks teams to make road trips as long as a thousand miles, construct elaborate craft projects, and take part in goofy public displays (during a climactic foot race, teams of runners are connected by dental floss strung through their body piercings). With the success of TV shows like Jackass and Fear Factor, a documentary like this may be an idea whose time has come, though its paper-dry voice-over is more suggestive of an 8 AM physics class. 108 min.

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