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Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

Rated: PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: June 13, 2008 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

Christopher Bell's new documentary about anabolic steroids is more insightful than irritating.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* allows the helmer's point-of-view to have resonance on the controversial issue, more topical of late from major league baseball to the Kentucky Derby.

In Bell's hometown of Schenectady, NY back in the 1980s his two brothers, a bodybuilder and a former professional wrestler used steroids to gain a competitive edge. He had ideas to use it himself to make himself more buff.

The fair-minded approach here examines government investigation on steroids to make them illegal versus the effects of their use. One recalls pro football strong linemen like the late Lyle Alzado.

The collection of archival footage is a little startling as professional athletes like Arnold Schwarzenegger rose to stardom.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is ideally suited for those who have used, have started, or are considering using something that seems to have noticeable short-term benefits, but appear to be more repulsive over the long run.

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster*        B+               B+ 

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