The Road To Wellville (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 1994Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dirty Hands Productions, Per-Fo Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Parker, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Alan Parker.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

 stays at a nineteenth-century health resort led by Dr. Kellogg (), whose methods are unorthodox at best (and who became famous later for his breakfast cereals). Broderick meets an assortment of characters, including socialite  and wilting maiden , both of whom spark his fancy. Dr. Kellogg has various oddball ways of improving people’s spiritual health, but this film does nothing for healthy entertainment, and without any good humour or even a discernible storyline you’re left with a mishmash of low-brow slapstick scenes and bad dialogue. Rachel Portman’s delightful score is just about the only thing that this film has to recommend itself.

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