• Ben Is Back (2018)

Ben Is Back

Release Date: December 7th, 2018

DVD Release Date: March 5th, 2019

R |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Nineteen-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve. Ben's mom, Holly, is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son's drug addiction. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love gets put to the test as Holly does everything in her power to keep Ben clean.

Cast: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, Rachel Bay Jones, David Zaldivar, Alexandra Park, Michael Esper

Director: Peter Hedges

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Color Force

Distributors: LD Entertainment, Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Intense, Love, Emotional, Mother, 2010s, Sister, Fall, Escape, Rousing, Friend, Gripping, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    K. Austin CollinsVanity Fair

    The film doesn’t glamorize addiction, or make it irrationally melodramatic, or gussy itself up in bespoke tragedy. (The same cannot be said of Beautiful Boy.) It’s all just right—even if “just right” is just O.K. show more

  • 70
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film is aware of the weight of its subject but loath to behave like an "important" film — focusing instead on the specificity of one sick young man and the family that loves and fears him in almost equal measure. show more

  • 80
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    Julia Roberts blasts through this family reunion drama-turned-thriller with one of the most forceful performances of her career. show more

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