Prescription Thugs

Prescription Thugs

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Prescription Thugs

After losing his own brother to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, documentarian Chris Bell (Bigger Stronger Faster) sets out to demystify this insidious addiction and expose the legal drug business.

"Bell’s examination into the motives of big pharma and doctors in this ever-growing market leads him to meet with experts on the nature of addiction, survivors with first-hand accounts of their struggle, and whistleblowers who testify to the dollar-driven aims of pharmaceutical corporations. Ultimately his investigation will point back to where it all began: his own front door.

"Bell follows up his rousing Bigger Stronger Faster, which pulled back the curtain on steroid use in the U.S., with a galvanizing exposé... While the war rages against illegal drug use, Bell attempts to break the hardened correlation that legal means safe." (Tribeca Film Festival)

201586 minsUSA
Documentary
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Variety

Variety

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Engaging and enraging but also, alas, consistently superficial, it's a hot-button work whose easily digested nonfiction methods will appeal to mainstream documentary audiences, even if they also leave viewers hungry for greater substance.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Even before a "do as I say, not as I do" twist costs it all credibility, Prescription Thugs is a not very good documentary about a very important subject.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Despite his casual aura, the filmmaker is eloquent and thoughtful.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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An accessible look at an important topic: the medicine that ails us.

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Variety

Variety

press

Engaging and enraging but also, alas, consistently superficial, it's a hot-button work whose easily digested nonfiction methods will appeal to mainstream documentary audiences, even if they also leave viewers hungry for greater substance.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Even before a "do as I say, not as I do" twist costs it all credibility, Prescription Thugs is a not very good documentary about a very important subject.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Despite his casual aura, the filmmaker is eloquent and thoughtful.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An accessible look at an important topic: the medicine that ails us.

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