The Rileys – adulterous Doug (James Gandolfini), agoraphobic Lois (Melissa Leo) – are still reeling from their daughter’s death when Doug encounters teenage lapdancer Mallory (Kristen Stewart) on a business trip and decides to play surrogate dad.
Can Mallory’s presence help rekindle the couple’s relationship? What do you think? Handicapped by its paper-thin premise, even a strong cast can’t lift Jake ‘son of Ridley’ Scott’s film out of indie-by-numbers mediocrity.
Leo, the film’s best asset, is underused, leaving a film that proves as mild as Mallory’s raunch-lite, faux-tough persona.