In Christopher Bell's new documentary ''Bigger, Stronger, Faster,'' there's a fascinating clip of U.S. Sen. Joe Biden denouncing steroid use during a packed congressional hearing on performance-enhancing drugs. Juicing your way to success, he thunders, is ''simply un-American.''
Bell has a different story to tell. In the doc, which opened Friday in Philadelphia, the filmmaker wonders if steroid use isn't quintessentially American. We are a nation, Bell points out, that's obsessed not only with body-image but with being the best at everything.
''Should someone like Marion Jones [who used steroids during the 2000 Olympics] be in jail or should we look at the cultural and ethical issues behind why she and other athletes are doing steroids?'' Bell asks.