By Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 11, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

The Road to Wellville

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All the buoyant lunacy of T. Coraghessan Boyle’s virtuoso storytelling style has been processed out of this earnest adaptation of his novel about fads, hucksterism, and turn-of-the-century entrepreneurial gumption at the Battle Creek sanatorium of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg — as in cornflakes. What you’re left with in the Wellville of Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning) is a lot of talk about bowel movements. Believe me, a lot of talk. Everyone strains so terribly hard! No one has any fun! Anthony Hopkins labors at Kellogg’s eccentricity through a set of Bugs Bunny teeth; John Cusack, so relaxed in Bullets Over Broadway, nearly has a hernia emoting as would-be breakfast-food manufacturer Charles Ossining; Dana Carvey plays Kellogg’s filthy, dissolute adopted son, George, like a vaudeville comedian; and Matthew Broderick and Bridget Fonda, unable to get a purchase on the central roles of Battle Creek guests Will and Eleanor Lightbody, count on the production’s elaborate costumes and health-care contraptions to endow them with identities. The cast is rich with talent. The soup at this sanatorium, however, is thin. C-

The Road to Wellville

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  • Alan Parker
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