United States, 2008
Directed By: Christopher Bell
Written By: Christopher Bell, Alexander Buono, Tamsin Rawady
Starring: Christopher Bell, Mark “Smelly” Bell, Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, Carl Lewis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stan Lee
Running Time: 106 min.
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images
5 out of 5 stars
There’s no doubt that Bell believes every word of his title. Steroid use, he argues, is not a disease; it’s a mere symptom of a culture that is nothing short of obsessed with competition, domination, and general social Darwinism. As someone who’s seen it all firsthand, Bell speaks with a conviction that’s unimpeachable. His message, however, isn’t the sort of anti-drug alarmism you get from D.A.R.E. or an after school special (in fact, he mocks the latter pretty mercilessly); instead he points the microphone at the country (the world, even) and asks them some hard questions: How did we get here? What can we do about it? Can steroid use and abuse be stopped? Should it? Why single out athletes? What about other performance enhancers?
Bigger, Stronger, Faster is currently playing at the Circle Cinema. Please call 592-FILM for showtimes and tickets.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Luke Harrington currently resides in Tulsa and works in the aerospace industry–but, at any given moment, would probably rather be reviewing movies. In his spare time, he’s off playing blues piano and pretending to be Assistant Editor for MovieZeal.com.