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Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  19 January 2008 (USA)
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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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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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Honest, interesting
30 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Finally an honest look into the steroid world. These days in order to compete with your peers/teammates, you almost have to take some sort of performance enhancing drugs. If you don't, you'll fall behind. Standard case of "keeping up with the Jones's". I feel it is very obvious to the world and sports fans that this is going on, but NO ONE is honest about it! And when one guy gets busted, he's looked down upon and singled out. Not fair to single them out and criticize when everyone else on the team is doing it.

This doc doesn't really detail team sports, but it is still the same concept. You finally get a good look into this world and a good look into why people do these types of drugs. Very informative, well done documentary. I am so glad to have seen it, and for anyone curious, it's worth watching.


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