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At Theaters: 12/7/2018 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 601295
Studio: Roadside Attractions
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19 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 staying 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.
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Drama
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Julia Roberts WONDER, MONEY MONSTER, MOTHER'S DAY
Lucas Hedges BOY ERASED, MID90s, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Courtney B. Vance JOYFUL NOISE, FINAL DESTINATION 5
Kathryn Newton BLOCKERS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
Wri/Dir: Peter Hedges THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, DAN IN REAL LIFE
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good ...the performances remain uniformly strong and hold the story together, even as it threatens to spin out of control. The constant push-pull between Hedges and Roberts, the see-saw of the power dynamic as each tries to navigate this thorny situation, is the most compelling element of "Ben Is Back.”

Slant Magazine Full Review
Average ...as the scope of the film widens, Peter Hedges begins to lose his grip on the material. ...the film takes a bizarre swerve into thriller terrain. What started out as a measured chamber drama devolves into a broad-strokes portrait of suburban America's dark underbelly...

The Guardian Full Review
Good Through it all, Roberts runs a gamut of emotions that remind us of what a powerful actress she is. Her vital and touching teamwork with Hedges, who keeps getting more impressive with each role, is what makes the film work...

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
On Christmas Eve morning, 19-year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns to surprise his family at their cozy suburban home. His mother Holly (Julia Roberts) is thrilled to be reunited with her son but wary about his ability to stay clean, while Ben's distrustful sister Ivy (Kathryn Newton) and common-sense stepfather Neal (Courtney B. Vance) fear he will wreak havoc on their lives as he's done so many times before.

After Ben launches a charm offensive that wins over his young half-siblings, Holly agrees to let him stay for the holiday on one condition: For the next 24 hours, she will personally monitor his every move.

That evening the family returns from a church Christmas pageant to find that their house has been ransacked. Worse still, their beloved dog is missing. It's a message that Ben's past has caught up with him and old debts must be paid. Heading into the frigid night, Ben and his mother embark on a quest to recover the dog from whichever of Ben's former associates may have taken him. Along the way, as he tries to make things right and she learns unsettling truths about her son's life, Holly does everything in her power to keep Ben safe.

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