Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

You never know who's going to be your wake-up call

Plot outline

On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

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On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. - Sundance Film Festival

Something's wrong at the Rileys. Married nearly 30 years, Doug and Lois rarely talk. She doesn't leave their Indianapolis home, and she's ordered a gravestone with their names and birth years on it. He has a long-time Thursday night mistress whom he invites to go with him to a plumbing supply conference in New Orleans. Once there, Doug calls Lois to say he's staying for a while. What's he leaving behind and what's he looking for in New Orleans? And Lois, can she break out?

A married couple loses their 15 year old daughter in a car accident after her and her boyfriend took off after Lois (the mother) goes looking for them. Doug, Lois's husband later meets a young girl at a club who says to be 22 and a stripper, but later he finds out she's a 16 year old runaway. He tries to help her out by making her house nicer and teaching her proper language. Later, his wife meets the girl and becomes upset because she reminds her of her own daughter but a prostitute. The couple try to help the girl make a better life for herself. - Anonymous

In Indianapolis, Douglas Lloyd 'Doug' Riley and Lois Riley are a estranged couple married for almost thirty years that grieves the loss of their fifteen year-old daughter Emily. Doug is a well succeeded businessman in plumbing business that likes to play poker every Thursday with his friend and to meet his mistress, the waitress Vivian (Eisa Davis), after the game. Lois is agoraphobic, takes many pills and does not have sex with Doug. When Vivian unexpectedly has a heart attack and dies, Doug goes to the cemetery and finds a tombstone that Lois has ordered with her and his names. This is the last straw in their relationship and Doug travels to a plumbing conference in New Orleans feeling lost. Doug is wandering on the streets and stumbles with a nightclub. The young stripper and prostitute Mallory invites Doug to a private lap dance and when he see his acquaintances from the conference in the nightclub, he accepts her invitation to hide from them but he does not have sex with the teenager. There is an incident but then he takes Mallory home and decides to stay in her derelict house to help her. Doug calls Lois and tells to her that he would stay in New Orleans for a while. Lois decides to drive to New Orleans in Doug's car and he introduces her to Mallory, whose real name is Allison. The couple projects Emily in Allison, but is there still hope or is it too late for Allison and themselves? - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil