Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"Prescription Thugs" examines dependence of athletes, performers on legal stuff


Prescription Thugs” (2015), directed by Chris Bell, Josh Alexander and Greg Young, looks at the dependence of many athletes, entertainers, and mainstreamers on prescription drugs, the worst of which are usually derived in some way from opium.

He focuses especially at “professional wrestling”, especially a character named Mad Dog.



There’s an interchange where a performer says “I’d rather be dead than average”. But later there is another conversation where one of the directors, talking to his father, admit that being an “average Joe should be OK,” because an “average Joe steps up to the plate and gets it done” even when it means sacrifice of one’s personal agenda.  This sounds like something from the “non-fiction” Epilogue from my own “Do Ask Do Tell III” book.

There is mention of pharmaceutical companies selling blood products infected with HIV.

The film doesn't get into the subject of doping in many professional sports.

The film could also have gone into the controversy over the behavior of ex-Turing Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli over the immense price rise of a anti-HIV drug; maybe the film was shot before this controversy occurred.  But that could make for another documentary,

The official site is here (Samuel Goldwyn).

The film is on Netflix instant play, iTunes, and on YouTube for $1.99.

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