Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Road To Wellville (1994)


Will & Eleanor Lightbody are visiting the Battle creek Sanitarium, a renowned establishment that teaches it's visitors Health practices according to the beliefs of the 7th Day Adventist Church. The "San" is run by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the cereal mogul and enema enthusiast. His followers are expected to embrace vegetarian food habits, along with abstaining from coitus unless the act is used solely for the purpose of procreation.

Eleanor is already a devoted follower of the Dr's philosophies, after being traumatized by the death of her newborn child, she sought comfort in the hands of the doctor and his supporters. And with the couple both experiencing some form of mental or physical distress. She asks her husband who currently suffers from a troubling stomach ailment to accompany her to the Sanitarium.

Both parties bear their own guilt and worries, but once separated they find that the "San" offers many temptations. From shapely nurses to a German doctor who's interpretation of a therapeutic massage is really just him placing his fingers between his female clients thighs and assisting them to orgasm. Naughty, naughty! :P

There is also a more comical side plot involving Dr. Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins) and his estranged adopted son, George (Dana Carvey).

"Masturbation is the silent killer of the night!"

In Conclusion:

This movie is a personal favorite! It does have some very brief dramatic moments, but those are punctuated with myriad scenes of hilarity.

Scatological humor abound, and with that comes plenty of nudity, masturbation jokes and Anthony Hopkins in a comedic role, which I personally think made the movie.

Low brow it may be, but it is fun and the characters are eccentric and memorable. It's a shame how underrated this film is.

Highly recommended!

Also note, this title is also Out Of Print.

Screen Captures: (All Screen Caps are taken by me, please do not use without my permission)

1 comment:

Phantom of Pulp said...

Shit, I'm bowled over to see you praising this film. It's a fucking classic!