Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 1994. Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dirty Hands Productions, Per-Fo Pictures. Screenplay by Alan Parker, based on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle. Cinematography by Peter Biziou. Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Robert F. Colesberry, Alan Parker. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Brian Morris. Costume Design by Penny Rose. Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.
Matthew Broderick stays at a nineteenth-century health resort led by Dr. Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins), whose methods are unorthodox at best (and who became famous later for his breakfast cereals). Broderick meets an assortment of characters, including socialite Bridget Fonda and wilting maiden Lara Flynn Boyle, 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.