Ben Is Back

Drama; R; 103 m. 

19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

 

“The entire film is that rarest of gifts for its cast, providing virtually every character with a chance to play not only the present moment, but the complicated history they’ve established with Ben in the past, as well as whatever chance they see in the troubled young man’s future.” – Peter Debruge, VARIETY

“Julia Roberts blasts through this family reunion drama-turned-thriller with one of the most forceful performances of her career.” – Wendy Ide, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

“In this time for movies about teens in trouble, it’s the mom in this one who packs the biggest punch.” – Steve Pond, THEWRAP

 

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