We posted our review at the beginning of December, then waited and waited to see it in theaters. Finally, it is screening. We think that Ben is Back was snubbed by the Golden Globes and hope that the Academy Awards will be do better. Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges should each get a nomination. Peter Hedges should be recognized for his admirable work as writer/director.
This year at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Ben is Back and Beautiful Boy were movies about how drug addiction affects the family with outstanding casts. Beautiful Boy is factual and focuses on the father’s point of view. Ben is Back is fictional and is told from the mother’s perspective. This could be why we connected more with Ben is Back. It also has an interesting focus on the pressures from family and community upon his return from rehab. Julia Roberts (Wonder) is excellent as Ben’s supportive but wary mother, Holly. Holly is desperately trying to trust her son while keeping the rest of her family’s best interests as a priority. The scenes between Holly and Beth Conyers (Rachel Bay Jones) and Holly and Dr. Crane (Jack Davidson) are heartbreaking. Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) turns in another great performance as Ben, a young man that just wants to return to his family. This film was written and directed by Peter Hedges, Lucas’ father. He was incredibly charming at our Q & A.
Our Rating for Ben is Back
Official Trailer for Ben is Back
Official Synopsis for Ben is Back
Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.
Ben is Back Q & A 2018 Toronto International Film Festival
|Cast||Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance|
|Production Companies||Black Bear Pictures, 30West, ColorForce|
|Run Time||103 minutes|
|Premier||2018 Toronto International Film Festival|