The title character of "Virginia" is charming, free-spirited and schizophrenic traits she shares with this decidedly odd drama, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ("Milk").
Virginia (played by Jennifer Connelly) is a mentally unstable woman in a seaside town in the state of Virginia, who has carried on a years-long affair with Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris), who's running for the state Senate based on his law-and-order record and his rectitude as a leader in the local Mormon ward. Virginia's the only one who knows about the sex toys and bondage gear Sheriff Tipton receives from a mail-order company and hides in his basement office.
Virginia and Tipton have something else in common: Each is parent to a teenager. And when Virginia's son, Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson), starts hanging out with the sheriff's daughter, Jesse (Emma Roberts) and talks about converting to Mormonism so they can marry in the temple Sheriff Tipton starts getting nervous.