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Welcome To The Rileys [DVD]

James Gandolfini , Kristen Stewart , Jake Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo, Ally Sheedy
  • Directors: Jake Scott
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers Films
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XN1JJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,899 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Something is wrong at the Riley s. Married for nearly 30 years, Doug and Lois have grown distant after losing their daughter eight years prior. Lois refuses to leave the house while Doug tries to stay away, finding their home depressing. Looking to get away, Doug goes on a business trip to New Orleans. There he meets Mallory (Kristen Stewart), a desperate teenage runaway. Despite her unsettling demeanour he realizes she is in desperate need of paternal guidance, something long missing from his life. The opportunity to care and protect brings new meaning to Doug s empty life. He decides to take a drastic step, sells his business and stays in New Orleans to give Mallory the help she needs. But will Doug really be able to leave his old life behind and find fulfilment in New Orleans?

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Gandolfini and Leo are downright dynamite --Variety

Stewart s performance is electric --Film.com

Stewart s performance is electric --Film.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a new side of Kristen Stewart 10 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
This is a 2009 indie film directed by Jake Scott (son of Ridley and nephew of Tony). It's been a long while coming, as is the case with many indie films but, in the words of Kristen Stewart herself 'I guess people will want to check out the Twilight girl dressed up as a stripper'.

This is arguably true to an extent, but this movie offers a lot more. KStew gives a very impressive side in her performance here, as a foul-mouthed young woman who has seen it all in a lousy hand dealt to her by life.

Ever since the death of their daughter Emily, Doug (James Gandolfini) and Lois Riley (Melissa Leo) have been drifting apart. As Lois wrestles with guilt over her daughter's death, Doug copes by entering into an affair with Vivian, a local waitress. Lately, Lois hasn't even been able to muster the courage to venture outside. When Vivian dies and Doug finds himself in a New Orleans strip club during a business trip, he realises he's come to a crossroads in life.

Turning down an offer for a private dance by 16-year-old stripper/prostitute Mallory (Kristen Stewart), Doug instead accompanies the girl home and makes a most unusual proposition: If Mallory will allow him to stay in her run down apartment long enough to straighten himself out, he will pay her $100 a day for her trouble, and make no attempt to sleep with her at all (a deal many men would perhaps have negotiated somewhat differently).
For Mallory, who isn't used to getting money for nothing, it seems like a great deal. She accepts, and Doug phones Lois to tell her he won't be coming home.
As time passes, Doug and Mallory settle into an unconventional kind of domesticity.

However, things veer off this cosy new path when Lois decides to break out and head down to New Orleans herself....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Old School..." 6 Mar 2012
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Kristen Stewart will of course get the lion's share of publicity on this one as a prostitute that's one step away from oblivion (she actually deserves the hype that surrounds her) - but for me it's the combo of James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo who are astonishing.

Directed by Jake Scott and Executive Produced by his famous relations Tony and Ridley of Scott Free Productions - 2010's "Welcome To The Rileys" is a small independent movie with a big heart and even bigger performances.

Doug Riley is on autopilot - playing out his joyless poker games on Thursday night with the boys - sleeping with Vivienne the waitress in the local diner - not sleeping with Lois his wife of 30 years. But there's a reason for his wife's frigidity and her desperately lonely pill taking - not to mention Doug's quiet sobbing in the garage with a cigarette in the dark. Both Doug and Lois lost their 15-year old daughter Emily in an avoidable car accident in 2001 - and with unspoken hurt and unallocated blame - have been escalating damaged goods ever since. But when Vivien his diner-lover of 4 years dies (a subtle performance by Eisa Davis) and Doug goes on a business holiday to New Orleans - he gets more than he bargained for when he goes upstairs with a 17-year old pole dancer and hooker. And this is where the real story begins...

The acting in "Welcome To The Rileys" is top class and goes a long to forgiving the largely terrible picture quality (a lot of night shots with little or no clarity). First up is a magnificent turn by Gandolfini. In what could have been such a pervy role, he lends his big-bruiser Doug a good-man's gravitas that is wholly believable. Melissa Leo gets the toughest role - and she eats it up with a performance that keeps you glued.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! 22 Sep 2011
By just_me
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this film. Not compatible with my DVD player as i am in the UK, but could watch it on my laptop. Gandolfini is great as the caring compassionate stranger, his relationship with Stewart plays well. It was refreshing to see Stewart in a completely different role than that of Bella Swan etc etc. I feel she really did the part justice and although only 21, she can act as well as the rest of them, if not better. Hence her popularity and in-demand status. Melissa Leo's performance was fantastic, enlightening and believable and all three characters were well written and cast. If you like all three actors and/or would just like to see Stewart in a different genre than Twilight, then give it a try. Great movie, highy recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 16 July 2012
Format:DVD
Watched this because I'm a huge James Gandolfini fan and even though I was slightly put off it because it stars Kristen Stewart (simply because of the annoying obsessive fans of twilight that clog up the internet) I must say, she can really act (I won't be watching twilight any time soon though) Gandolfini is great as always and although I didn't like the ending I enjoyed this film so much I've watched it again since, can't believe this bombed at the box office either. EDIT 20/06/2013, ABSOLUTELY GUTTED after hearing the shocking news today, RIP Mr Gandolfini.
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5.0 out of 5 stars epic 7 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
this is the BEST movie i have ever seen. its got a really deep and gripping storyline that almost takes you into the story. this film left me with my jaw open, i seriously advise you to buy this , i think its a great movie that you can watch over and over
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good film. would highly recommend
Published 21 days ago by ZENAW
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP James
Anything with James Gandolfini in gets top marks from me, however this film is very good. I probably wouldn't have watched it if he wasn;t it in but I'm glad I did. RIP Jim
Published 5 months ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To The Rileys
I loved this film. I find that this role fit Kristen so well! I recommend this movie to anyone!
This film is great, though I admit its probably not for everyone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sherona
5.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling film
Such a wonderful story in this film, really got to know and love the characters and understand each of them and their ways.
Published 11 months ago by Hannah Southworth
5.0 out of 5 stars abstractingly amazing
this movie has 3 great actors acting to a high quality the story is a rare fortune which has been created with an amazing cast and crew
Published 12 months ago by blobz
3.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian but worth watching
The film just avoided being overly emotional. A strange part for James Gandofini but it was well acted nevertheless. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joe55
4.0 out of 5 stars Newsflash: Kristen Stewart CAN act after all
Poor Kristen Stewart hasn't had an easy ride in the popular press. First she's constantly linked with - the pretty one-dimensional - Bella Swann from the Twilight franchise and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling the reality
The courage of breaking the routines of life is almost touchable in this picture. What is it that makes it possible? Not to mention the great film art... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
i am a big fan of kristen stewarts work and this is an amazing dvd to buy as it shows great acting
Published 18 months ago by tiff
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT FILM
love love love this film. definately one of my favourite films!! for all kristen stewart haters, watch this film and then tell me the girl cant act! Read more
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