Ben Is Back


Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, Rachel Bay Jones, David Zaldivar

Director: Peter Hedges

Running Time: 103 minutes

Certificate: 15 - strong language, drug misuse

Country: USA

Format: 2D

"When Julia Roberts is good she’s really good!"
- Mark Kermode R5 Live

"It’s surprising that this emotive domestic drama, centring on the anguish of addiction, didn’t make more of a mark during awards season."
- Anna Smith, The List

"[Roberts] plays Ben’s mother with sadness, desperation and inner steel. She is the primary reason to see this film."
- Kevin Maher, Times

"Julia Roberts gives one of her strongest and her most moving performances."
Geoffrey Macnab, Independent

"It’s a dark story, a testimony to fiercely enduring parental love while also representing a mother’s worst nightmare. Yet Julia Roberts shines through it all like a beacon of hope."
-Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro

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.

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