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Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

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An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

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In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Director Christopher Bell explores America's win-at-all-cost culture by examining how his two brothers became members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. Written by BSF Film

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Is it still cheating if everyone's doing it? See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images | See all certifications »

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19 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Bigger Stronger Faster*: *The Side Effects of Being American  »

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$31,576 (USA) (30 May 2008)

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$307,811 (USA) (15 August 2008)
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Months after the film was released, Chris Bell's older brother, Mike Bell ("Mad Dog") died at a rehabilitation facility at age 37. According to the Wrestler Observer Newsletter, his death was the result of an inhalation-induced heart attack which was, "brought on by an accidental inhalation of difluoroethane, a chemical used in Dust-Off, a household maintenance product." See more »

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Himself - Host: Was there any sort of moral bridge to cross when you did this?
Porn Star: Well, we're in the porn business. There's not a whole lot of morals to begin with.
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Great look into steroid use in America.
15 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an honest, entertaining, and informative documentary. The man who is making this documentary about steroid use isn't someone just talking about it. You can tell he is emotionally involved in this. This is due to both his brothers taking steroids. That is a big part of the documentary. He isn't a guy interviewing someone he doesn't even know. He is talking to his brothers, and that makes this documentary much more than a documentary. It is also very entertaining. Documentaries are not made to be entertaining. They are made to be informative, but this documentary manages to keep you entertained as well as informed. That leads us to the information. They give solid facts in this movie. This does really show how publicity for steroids as gone overboard. People all the time say that steroids kill thousands of people, but this shows a solid number of 3 people confirmed dead from steroids a year. This really is one of the best documentaries I've ever watched. It is very underrated.

4 stars out of 4


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