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Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

The Road to Wellville
1994
**½
Director: Alan Parker
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, John Cusack

Alan Parker's sporadically funny satire is set in an early 20th century health spa run by Dr. Kellogg. The film is quite faithfully based on T.C. Boyle's novel, but it suffers from the usual adaptation issues by trying to squeeze too much material into two hours. However, there is some nice parody on America's obsession with health and hygiene, although some of the scenes are overly farcical.