I had seen the “Welcome to the Rileys” previews at the Landmark Kendall, and put it on my “to see” list. I was impressed with James Gandolfini in the Sopranos, and the previews indicated he gave another excellent performance in this movie. When the movie was advertised as having its East Coast premiere at the Boston Film Festival, off I went to the Stuart Street Playhouse even though I was just there last night.
The movie is about an intense topic, but is also well written, superbly acted, and very emotional at times. James did not disappoint, he was as good as I anticipated, and I had very high expectations. Mellisa Leo gave an excellent performance as well. Melissa was at the screening, and did a Q & A for 20 minutes after the movie.
The story involves a happy couple loosing their teenage daughter in a car accident, the drifting apart that naturally occurs after an event of that magnitude, the couple’s befriending a girl in New Orleans who is about the same age as the daughter when she was killed, and the emotional roller coaster those ingredients would ignite. Oh, and the befriended girl is totally mixed-up and a stripper / prostitute.
If you like an excellent story with superb acting, see this movie.