Run time: 103 MINS

Director: Peter Hedges

Cast: Lucas Hedges, Julia Roberts, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton

Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son’s drug addiction and his ability to stay 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


Director Peter Hedges casts his exceptionally talented son, Lucas Hedges [Mid90s (2018), Boy Erased (2018), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Manchester by the Sea (2016)] in this emotional rollercoaster of a story which Hedges senior has also written.

A powerhouse of a performance from Julia Roberts as Ben’s mother grips and holds the audience’s attention throughout this thought-provoking and incredibly tense film about the destructive effects of drug addiction on a family.

Ben is Back – like the similar themed Beautiful Boy earlier this year – conveys contemporary truths about how harsh it can be to love an addict and about the conflicted relationship between a protective  parent and her drug-taking son.

Images courtesy of: STX UK