- Starring: David Jensen, James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo
- Summary: Welcome to the Rileys is a powerful drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior. Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will derail their relationship, turns out to be the inspiration they need to renew their marriage. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)… Expand
- Director: Jake Scott
- Genre(s): Drama
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10After hearing about this movie on Twitter for about a year, it finally opened in NY and I got my chance to see it. I can safely say there is not an once of Bella Swan in Kristen Stuwert's performance. Her character Mollary is dirty, broken and gritty. Stewert brings us along for the ride fearlessly. James Gandolfini brings new life to himself with a midwestern dialect and a very kind but damaged soul and makes you forget all about Tony Saprano from the door. However, the standout performance was Michelle Leo. Her evolution with this character is Oscar worthy and leaves nothing but the need to root for her.
Director Jake Scott seems to take special pains not to exploit the Mollary character by using shodowing and artistic camera angles in which the audience gets the idea without the gratuitous cheap shots lesser directors must've used to cheapen the story.
All in all, if you love really good strong movies with heart and soul this movie is a must see . If your looking for Twilight...wait till next year.… Expand
10I completely fell in love with this. And, even though it is generally well received, I am truly astonished that it has gotten even a noticeable amount of lackluster reviews. I do not see what is not to like. All three of the main actors/actresses are real all the way down to the marrow, the story unfolds very smoothly with all of the passion, humor and soulfulness that one may find in real life, and what I really adore about Welcome to the Riley's is that at no point did I feel as though I was being told a tale. It wasn't like watching a movie. It was more like watching a documentary. Because everything from the smallest facial expressions, to the most insignificant gestures is just saturated with texture and emotion. It's the quick and thoughtless remarks that the characters make, and the angles of certain glimpses of camera work that allow us, the audience, to understand what is really going on underneath all of the outward doings and occurrences. I was invested, I was interested, I was engaged and I cared about everything that was happening in this fictional world that died in two hours. Aspiring filmmakers, take notes. This is how you make something memorable and evocative. Truly touching. Moving in more ways than one. And even though nothing really sad happens during the course of the film...I almost found my self crying from the sheer humanity. Brilliant. Wonderful. Special.… Expand
2The two points are standing for Melissa and James because they're the only good things about the movie. The script wasn't authentic or natural like other people said. It was more a gimmick wrote by a screenwriter who thinks that the world works that way.
And the other worse thing was Kristen Stewart. I couldn't take her seriously as a stripper. The way she was trying to be like crude like a real stripper was VERY laughable and then those annoying pauses or jumps she does between sentences in every movie and also in real life were horrible. Her general tics which she has in every movie also show constantly.
Normally I would be perplexed why the User Score is so high but I have already read some tweets of her fans who said that they're all gonna give 10 points to get more viewers into the cinema because they're scared that Kristen will have another flop in her movie career. (2.0)… Expand