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The Road to Wellville
The Road to Wellville
Actors: Dana Carvey, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Anthony Hopkins
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
R     2002     1hr 58min

This wrong-headed adaptation of the very funny (and scatological) novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle was written and directed by Alan Parker, who doesn't seem to have much of a clue. It's not a botch, just a movie that hammers ...  more »


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Actors: Dana Carvey, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Anthony Hopkins
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, John Cusack
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/10/2002
Original Release Date: 10/28/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 10/28/1994
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 42
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
Subtitles: Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Taiwanese Chinese

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 7/24/2013...
48 members wishing?!?!? At one time you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a new or used copy out there in retail land. Everyone past 10 on the wish list might as well give up because you're never gonna see it!
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Brilliant cast, direction, setting, sound, and laughs
Shawn Chittle | New York, NY USA | 11/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a former resident of Battle Creek, MI, I can say this movie was particularly enjoyable as I envisioned the city as it was back then. Although not filmed on location (the Battle Creek Sanitarium now stands as a Federal building) the scenery is very similar, and all the location names mentioned in the film are 100% accurate. The cast of this movie is fantastic and started (or boosted) many careers. Anthony Hopkins gives a brilliant performance and I wish he was offered more roles of this sort. Dana Carvey is funny as well, but his role is supporting only. The real scene stealer is the under-sexed and modern Camryn Manheim, who gives a peek into her future career as a great dramatic actress. John Neville's classic one-liners in the bath scenes caused me to laugh like I haven't since "Married with Children." Matthew Broderick and Bridget Fonda excel, as do every actor -- the depth of comedic acting in this film is amazing! This film is fantastic for anyone who is sick of the health craze (any of them) and just wants a good laugh at how health-quacks worked and how many were taken by the fads. Some of Dr. J. H. Kellogg's inventions we have today -- corn flakes, electric blankets, but the bulk of his work was not based in science. This makes the movie so funny -- the crazy gadgets used on the residents is actually classic slapstick comedy, and the one liners are almost as good as Airplane! All in all, I recommend this film to make you laugh histerically, and it's a darned good history lesson, too. "More amperes please!""
A One Ounce Serving Has Over a Hundred Laughs
!Edwin C. Pauzer | New York City | 12/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This adult comedy centers around three sub plots: the buck-toothed Dr. Kellogg played by Anthony Hopkins, Will and Eleanor Lightbody played by Matthew Broderick and Bridget Fonda respectively, and John Cusack as a shady but naive entrepreneur. The plots all take place during the turn of the last century at Dr. Kellogg's health sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan.

My favorites in this movie were the good doctor who is a product of his time believing that only procreational sex is good, and any loss of bodily fluids by other means saps the body of strength. I was in lust at first sight with the character of Ms. Munse. She is one of the reasons this comedy is for adults only; The facial expressions of the young and grown-up character of George Kellogg Jr. and pigs refusing to eat the experimental cereal "Perfo" kept me laughing constantly. I also enjoyed the music score which ranged from classical to delightfully silly. (I keep replaying the "Laughing Song" in my head.)

Amazon's product review is less kind than mine, proving that you really have to decide for yourself. But for me, this movie is a keeper. It can be played throughout the year, or just savored during the holidays.

I thought the movie was perfo."
Extremely Funny, if you with a Sense of Humour!
Graham Hyatt | Toronto, Canada | 03/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've never seen so many intellectual type reviews from people who were so obviously born without a sense of humour. For heavens sake, whether it follows the book, or not, this is a hillarious movie by most standards. Unfortunately, some people choose to take these things too seriously, and base their judgements upon things which don't concern the average person: who seeks entertainment and a laugh. This is a comedy - not a boring drama! - and once you accept the fact, it's a great film!"