Jef writes: “Welcome to the Rileys” isn’t a great film. It isn’t even a really good film, but it’s a good film. That’s it, just good.
The film stars James Gandolfini, Kristin Stewart, and Melissa Leo as three people trying to navigate their way through the obstacles that life has thrown them. Doug (James Gandolfini) and Lois Riley (Melissa Leo) are a married couple, trying unsuccessfully to cope with the death of their daughter.
Both actors perform their roles well enough, but to be fair it’s probably the subject matter. They’re both very dry and monotone in their delivery. There’s literally no moment in the film that really grabs you by the heart and makes you care for either of them.