Kristen Stewart whinges again as an impoverished, foul-mouthed 16-year-old runaway, stripper and prostitute in Welcome To The Rileys.
Presumably released in an attempt to cash in on the Twilight franchise, this is a weak American indie film about a middle-aged man (James Gandolfini) and his agoraphobic, pill-popping wife (Melissa Leo).
Runaway stripper: Kristen Stewart plays a 16-year-old stripper and prostitute in Welcome To The Rileys
After their own daughter is killed in a car crash, they try to adopt Stewart’s character as a surrogate replacement.
Ponderously directed by Jake Scott, son of Ridley, this is what is euphemistically described as an ‘actors’ piece’.
In other words, it’s seriously under-plotted, glacially paced and wears its good-heartedness on its sleeve so blatantly it loses its moorings in reality.Cashing in: The film was presumably released to cash in on the Twilight franchise, also staring Miss Stewart (pictured)
Co-stars: Actor James Gandolfini (pictured left) plays a middle-aged man who adopts Kristen Stewart's character
Leo comes out of it least badly, showing a softer, shyer side than usual.
But her ability to snap out of agoraphobia is ridiculously abrupt.
No doubt the actors welcomed a script that’s virtually a three-hander.
But it’s so humourlessly and laboriously directed, it’s unlikely to attract an audience.