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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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The side effects of being American. 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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In a 2015 interview on the Steve Austin Podcast with brother Mark Bell, director Chris Bell admitted that after completing the film, he did casually use steroids to improve his power lifting performance. He claimed he knew after filming that they would not kill him, so the risk was low. However, he stressed that it was in moderation, and clarified that he told people to reconsider using them "all the time." See more »

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Barry Bonds: We just need to go out there and do our jobs, just as you professionals do your jobs. No... All you guys lied. All of y'all. In a story or whatever, have lied. Should you have asterisks behind your name? All of you have lied! All of you have said something wrong, all of you have dirt. All of you. When your closet's clean, then come clean somebody else's. But clean yours first.
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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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