Welcome to the Rileys plays off familiar themes. How a family deals with grief was explored in two of my favorite films of the 2009 festival year. The Greatest, my Top Pick from last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Accidents Happen, which played Tribeca last spring, both look at the tragic consequences of the premature loss of a child. In his second feature, director Jake Scott appears to be stepping into familiar territory.
At first glance Ken Hixon’s screenplay says Pretty Woman meets My Fair Lady, with businessman Doug Riley (James Gandolfini) on a mission to tame wild stripper Mallory (Kristen Stewart).