• Publication date: June 20, 2010

Stealing the American Dream, One Day at a Time Who Said Hard Work Had to be Honest?

Cross-dressing British comedian Eddie Izzard, alongside �Good Will Hunting�s� (1997) Minnie Driver headline �The Riches� (2007-08), a dramedy following the day-to-day struggles of a nomadic, swindling blood-related clan: the Malloys.

Cross-dressing British comedian Eddie Izzard, alongside �Good Will Hunting�s� (1997) Minnie Driver headline �The Riches� (2007-08), a dramedy following the day-to-day struggles of a nomadic, swindling blood-related clan: the Malloys. For decades the clan earned a living through thievery and trickery, always ready to leave town before detected. They despise so-called �buffers,� individuals whose lives are neither picturesque nor destitute; one might even describe buffers as petit bourgeois, preventing both the upper and lower classes from outright conflict, furthering the idea that success is possible for all, if only adequate effort it exerted.

Wayne Malloy (Izzard) is a half-breed according to the clan: a member through marriage, rather than birth. While his wife, Dahlia (Driver) was imprisoned Wayne began contemplating his existence, gradually shedding the Malloys� values and dreaming of a conventional, buffer-like lifestyle. Transforming his dream into a reality is easier said than done, especially since Dahlia, daughter Di Di (Shannon Marie Woodward), and son Sam (Aidan Mitchell) lack even a rudimentary education, and have known nothing but deception since birth.

Besides being enemies of the law, the family is detested by Dahlia�s sociopath cousin, Dale (Todd Stashwick), who hoped to wed her via a prearranged marriage years before. Yet Dale has more than love on his mind: clan hierarchy ordains Dahlia�s husband, whomever he is, as the Malloys� next rightful leader. Already enraged by a continuous thirst for power, Dale feels that Wayne has disrespected him on a number of occasions, adding fuel to the flames. A confrontation between the two men is inevitable.

There are still more problems. Dahlia has just finished a prison bid; ordinarily that would be good news, except she has developed an addiction to cough medicine while behind bars. In desperation Wayne experiments with methamphetamines, attempting to scare his wife into sobriety.

Together, and with all these troubles in mind, the Malloys attempt to convert into a semi-ordinary nuclear family. After committing vehicular homicide, the family swipes a deceased couple�s identity and becomes The Riches. Now with a clean slate and virtually no credit limit they relocate to a ritzy neighborhood in Baton Rouge, where Wayne fraudulently lands work as a lawyer. The Malloys� continued success, however, hinges on their ability to stay under the radar; even fellow clan members and close friends must remain oblivious to the scheme.

Despite a short, two season run �The Riches� was praised by critics and audiences alike, earning itself both a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination. A movie is rumored to be in the works, penned by Izzard himself.