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Movie Review: 'The Road to Wellville'

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The Road to Wellville

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Matthew Broderick, Dana Carvey, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Anthony Hopkins, Lara Flynn Boyle, Camryn Manheim
director:
Alan Parker
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C-

All the buoyant lunacy of T. Coraghessan Boyle’s lively novel about hucksterism, gumption, and life at a turn-of-the-century sanatorium run by cornflake king Dr. John Harvey Kellogg has been processed out of Alan Parker’s earnest adaptation. And what you’re left with is a lot of talk about bowel movements. Why does everyone strain so hard? Anthony Hopkins labors as the eccentric Kellogg; John Cusack nearly has a hernia emoting as a would-be breakfast-food manufacturer; Dana Carvey plays Kellogg’s dissolute adopted son like a vaudeville comedian; and Matthew Broderick and Bridget Fonda look dazed and dyspeptic in the central roles of well-to-do guests. C-

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