The Road to Wellville (1994)

Based on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle, THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE
doesn't go very far.  Bowels, bowels, and more bowels are explored by
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (a buck-toothed and bespectacled Anthony
Hopkins), who, in the early 1900's, advocated abstinence, vegetarianism,
and frequent defecation.  He also invented the cornflake.  Really.

Checking-in to Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium are Matthew Broderick
and Bridget Fonda, just two of the many well-known faces in this failed
comedy.  Leave your laughter at the door and you can marvel at the
unfunny antics of John Cusack, Michael Lerner, Lara Flynn Boyle, John
Neville, and Dana Carvey.

The art direction is impeccable and some of the early sequences are
amusing, but the novelty quickly wears off as writer/director Alan
Parkers tries his darnedness to turn doo-doo into drama.  What he ends
up with is something that I can't print here.  Phew!

Grade: D+

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