The Road to Wellville (1994) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Tuna's comments in white:
The Road to Wellville (1994) has finally come to DVD, but, unfortunately, in a featureless, pan-n-scan 4/3 version. The good news is that the image quality is excellent.
The film is set in turn of the century Battle Creek, Michigan, and is
a spoof of health spas and fads. Bridget Fonda and husband Matthew
Broderick come to the resort run by Dr. Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins) for
the cure. The spa is all about cleansing the colon, and treatment
includes 5 high colonics per day, a strict vegetarian diet, no smoking
or drinking, and absolutely no sex. Broderick is deemed critical, and
is assigned to the care of top nurse Graves (Traci Lind). He becomes
immediately smitten both by her, and the woman across the hall (Lara
|While Broderick is romancing Boyle and Lind, Fonda is lured to some
other fringe treatment specialists, and finally goes to Dr. Spitzvogel,
who "manipulates her womb." Fonda shows breasts, first in a milk bath,
then, near the end, while having her womb manipulated on a picnic.
Lind shows buns and breasts when Broderick mentally undresses her, and
exposes a nipple in a great down-blouse. Boyle shows breasts being
mentally undressed, then later as a prelude to sex with Broderick.
The cinematography is lovely, and was nominated for one international award.
Scoop's notes in yellow:
I guess Tuna and I would have to say that the 5.1 IMDb rating for this movie is too low. We both liked it more than that score would have indicated to us. It ain't Citizen Fookin' Kane. Some of the minor characters are emphasized and/or dropped for no reason, the humor can be juvenile and repetitive, and the plot and characterization sometimes seem sloppily constructed, but the film has plenty of positives.
Although the story told in the film is crazy hyperbole, it does have some limited basis in reality. There is an interesting comment at IMDb about this. Here is what the man says:
familiar with the novel say that writer/director Alan Parker botched
an opportunity to create a hilarious and scatological masterpiece. I
don't know. I've never read the book, though I now plan to! But I enjoyed
the movie in a retro-SciFi kind of way, and got a few laughs out of it.
I felt that they were trying too hard with the humor, and that the film just wasn't as funny as it seemed to think it was, but my significant other (who is a naturalized citizen) laughed non-stop, and thought it was a spot-on portrayal of Americans and their obsessions. Her comment "it doesn't seem like America changed much in that past century".
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