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Welcome to the Rileys

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

A couple finds a way out of mourning in wrenching drama.

Movie R 2010 110 minutes
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WELCOME TO THE RILEYS moves slowly, but it packs a mighty punch. It paints a picture of grief without sentimentality, an accomplishment that relies not on gimmicks but on strong performances from all three leads, especially Gandolfini, and a script unafraid of being unexpected. The drama does take its time to unwind -- sometimes, perhaps too long. But the pace is somewhat evocative of the situation itself, of grief that isn't raw like it would be in the immediate aftermath of a loss but one that has calcified over time -- hiding, not healing, a cache of pain underneath.

There will be moments of skepticism: Why Doug is initially moved to take action and help Mallory/Allison requires some suspension of disbelief. Lois' reaction to everything is unusual, too, and a little unexplored. But perhaps that's the beauty of WELCOME TO THE RILEYS: It's unafraid to be make its point quietly and obliquely. There's no pandering here.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 29, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: February 1, 2011
  • Cast: James Gandolfini , Kristen Stewart , Melissa Leo
  • Director: Jake Scott
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Gay actors
  • Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Company
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexual content, brief drug use and pervasive language involving a teenager
  • Last updated: January 19, 2023

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