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Overall Rating
3.15

Awesome: 10%
Worth A Look50%
Average: 10%
Pretty Bad: 5%
Total Crap: 25%

1 review, 14 user ratings


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Road to Wellville, The
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Do you have enough fiber in your diet?"
4 stars

Off-putting at first, this self-consciously scatological comedy does grow on one, largely because Anthony Hopkins gives one of the great hambone performances as Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the crackpot inventor of cornflakes.

Lording it over his experimental health retreat in Battle Creek, Kellogg speaks passionately about the evils of meat-eating and sex (“An erection is a flagpole on yer grave”). Hopkins, pushing a Foghorn Leghorn accent past the ugliest set of buck teeth in film history, is a good enough reason to watch.

When he’s not around, the movie inevitably deflates, though there’s decent work by Bridget Fonda and Matthew Broderick as a troubled couple at the retreat, John Cusack as an enterprising young businessman looking to cash in on the cornflake boom, Dana Carvey as Kellogg’s scurvy adopted son, and Lara Flynn Boyle as a sickly, sex-starved patient.

Though his treatment of overweight and weird-looking people borders on sadism, Alan Parker is the right director for this brand of heartless comedy (based on a novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle).

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User Comments

10/22/07 Nathan Weird movie. Period piece + farce + racy bits + well cast = Decent film. 5 stars
8/04/06 David Cohen Tries so hard to be clever it forgets to be funny 3 stars
6/22/06 TB The Worst Comedy Movie of 1994 1 stars
4/10/04 IP Freeley quite possibly the worst movie ever made...Myriam what r u smoking? 1 stars
2/02/04 Myriam I thought it was a hoot -- maybe because I am older and more edgy 5 stars
3/11/03 Shadaan Felfeli I like myself less for enjoying this film. 3 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Heavy-handed satire from a talented director. A most unfortunate misfire. 1 stars
7/27/02 Soulis good acting, fascinating peak at that time period 4 stars
6/03/02 Steven Lawsen It's about time the health nuts of the world were given a good flushing. I liked it. 4 stars
11/23/01 Andrew Carden A Good Premise Gone Totally Wrong With No Momentum At All. 1 stars
8/29/01 INCUBATOR Nice movie 4 stars
7/09/01 Shawna i think its good, i can see why you cant like it if you aren't a health nut like me 4 stars
5/23/00 Sully horrible, horrible movie. Sucks huge Ass 1 stars
11/22/99 strike What was everyone thinking while making this?? 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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