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GMAT IN 2 DAYS - PLEASE HELP RATE AWA

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Please Rate following AWA:

"The producers of the forthcoming movie 3003 will be most likely to maximize their profits if they are willing to pay Robin Good several million dollars to star in it - even though that amount is far more than any other person involved with the movie will make. After all, Robin has in the past been paid a similar amount to work in several films that were very financially successful."


The argument above in asserting that the producers of the forthcoming movie can maximize their profits if they pay Robin Good several million dollars to star in the movie appears fairly convincing at first. However, on examining the argument closely, a number of gaps are observed and the same are elaborated below. Amongst the most pivotal of its shortcomings are its generalizing assumptions and lack of supporting information.

Firstly, the argument does not establish a causal relationship between Robin Good working in a film and that film becoming financially successful. The argument fails to consider the possibility of other factors such as good script, popularity of director and/or co-stars, concept of the film etc. contributing to the financial success of a movie.

Secondly, the proportion of the amount paid to Robin Good as a whole of the total estimated budget of the movie is not provided. The forthcoming movie 3003 can be a low budget movie with a total estimated budget of less than a million dollars and hence the producers may not be willing to spend a several million dollars on casting a single actor. The argument can be improved if data that provides the proportion of the amount spent on Robin Good in the past were provided.

Further, no other quantitative or statistical data is provided to evaluate the financial success and profits of the other movies. The argument establishes that these films have earned huge revenues (financially successful) but the profit sharing data of these films is not provided. Vague and ambiguous terms such as 'very financially successful', 'several million dollars', 'similar amount', 'maximize profits' are used that make the argument a qualitative rather than a quantitative assessment. The argument can be made well-reasoned if more statistical data to help understand these trends and support the argument were provided.

Lastly, the argument makes a conclusion that any film that has Robin Good and that pays him several million dollars will be financially successful and will help producers maximize their profits. This conclusion seems rather hasty and generalizes a trend without providing any information or data to back this conclusion. The argument does not consider that Robin Good may not be as popular today as he used to be in the past years.

It can thus be observed that the argument, in its current state, contains a considerable number of flaws, the most obvious of which have been discussed above. Had the argument successfully addressed these gaps, it would have been difficult to refute the argument. Currently, it can be concluded that the argument is nothing but a hasty generalization with overreaching assumptions and deficient information.

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 15

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