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The Road to Wellville

The Road to Wellville
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Dana Carvey , Canryn Mankeim, Bridget Fonda , Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Lara Flynn Boyle and Jacob Reynolds


Rated: R for sexual situations.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 28, 1994 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Wellville begins with the promise of an unusual comedy about a health farm in Battlecreek, Michigan, the home of cornflakes. The leader of Wellville is John Harvey Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins). It quickly becomes a confused blending of three stories that don't quite fit together.

Hopkins is right on track as the fanatic believer in vegetables, roughage and enemas. The other stories drain the life and time from Kellogg's tale. The characters are far better than the script. Dana Carvey is the comic son who regularly embarrasses his father. Canryn Mankeim has the best part as the heavy set woman who has more nude scenes than anyone else. She is the most natural character in Wellville.

Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Lara Flynn Boyle have stories of their own as does Jacob Reynolds who plays the Dana Carvey character as a kid.

The sets are perfect and the supporting cast is large and effective but the scope is too broad and confusing to work.

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The Road to Wellville  C                        C 

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