Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Peter Hedges. Starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges and Courtney B. Vance. The plot follows a mother who tries to help her addict son after he returns home from rehab.

Peter Hedges‘ drama stars son Lucas Hedges as an addicted teen who shows up at home unexpectedly for the holidays; Julia Roberts plays his mother. The plot of Ben is Back is too convenient at times, contrived, but individual moments and truth bombs make it worth watching. The best part is Roberts, explosively great here as a nerve-fried mother who will do anything to save her son—and must face the inevitable truth that she cannot, that such things are not in her control. Roberts keeps us invested, even when the strings of the storytelling show. So many parents who’ve been through this struggle will find much truth in this ripper of a performance.