The Road to Wellville Movie Review Summary

Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Lara Flynn Boyle

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Turn of the century Americans try new ways to get healthy.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Emily

This is a fanciful comedy about a man, Mr. Kellogg, who believes the only way to be truly happy and healthy is to purge yourself completely. At this sanatarium, a couple, played by Bridget Fonda and Matthew Broderick, try to "fix" themselves. The husband has stomach problems and the wife, well, has certain needs that arent being met. Also in the mix, there lies John Cusack's character. He is desparately trying to start a cornflake business, and in the end, steals the coveted corn flake recipe from you-know-who. This film is not only hilarious, but satisfies a cerebral need in all of us.
The review of this Movie prepared by Heidi Jo

One doesn't turn to British writer-director Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning, Angel Heart, Pink Floyd The Wall) for subtlety, but then, he began his career writing advertising copy and filming commercials. His adaptation of T. Coraghessan Boyle's novel about the 19th century cereal and health fanatic, Doctor John Harvey Kellogg, and his spa in Battle Creek, Michigan, wastes a lot of good actors in what is not much more than a sex and bodily functions farce. Anthony Hopkins is bravely eccentric as Kellogg, Dana Carvey manic as his damaged adopted nephew. Matthew Broderick and Bridget Fonda play a young couple who come to the spa to be treated (Broderick is mightily abused, though both get into sexual shenanigans), and John Cusack is badly underutilized as a young and naive entrepreneur trying to start his own corn flakes empire. Also look for Lara Flynn Boyle as a cadaverous patient, Camryn Mannheim as a much healthier specimen, Colm Meaney as a health hucksterer, John Neville as a fairly dignified spa fan. Traci Lind is a delectable nurse. There are a lot of bare breasts and butts (especially male) in this movie, but never to so little effect. Don't expect more than a kind of genteel, grownup "South Park."
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of The Road to Wellville

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Comedy or Parody about    -   political satire

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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