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Ben Is Back (2018)

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A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family's home on Christmas Eve.

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Peter Hedges

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Peter Hedges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Holly Burns
Lucas Hedges ... Ben Burns
Courtney B. Vance ... Neal Beeby
Kathryn Newton ... Ivy Burns
Rachel Bay Jones ... Beth Conyers
David Zaldivar ... Spencer 'Spider' Webbs
Alexandra Park ... Cara K
Michael Esper ... Clayton
Tim Guinee ... Phil
Myra Lucretia Taylor Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Sally
Kristin Griffith ... Mrs. Crane
Jack Davidson Jack Davidson ... Dr. Crane
Mia Fowler ... Lacey Burns-Beeby
Jakari Fraser ... Liam Burns-Beeby
Cameron Roberts Cameron Roberts ... James Lamson
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Storyline

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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2018 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,733, 9 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,694,067, 14 February 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The choice of Christmas Eve was a metaphorical setting of great strength for BEN IS BACK, but due to the winter atmosphere, the team had to face harsh weather conditions. --Teddy Schwarzman remembers having to deal with a cyclonic snowstorm that paralyzed all roads in New York and Yonkers, where the team planned to shoot a scene.-- Julia Roberts, who has lived in New York for eighteen years, says she has never experienced a winter on the East Coast equivalent to the one that hit the set for BEN IS BACK. See more »

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Neal Beeby: If you were black, you would be in jail right now.
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An intense family drama
28 December 2018 | by nancyldraperSee all my reviews

Intense family drama. Julia Robert's is at her finest and It seems Lucas Hedges can do no wrong (he's already won the Los Angeles On-line Film Critic's Society award for Best Performance by an actor 23 years of age or under). The subject matter is gritty and confined to a 24 hour period. The ending is abrupt and we are left to finish the story ourselves (did the writer not know how to resolve the questions he was addressing?). All the supporting performances were appropriately powerful/poignant (Kathryn Newton is a bit of a standout). As a point of interest, Lucas is being directed by his dad. I give this film a 7 (good with some great performances) out of 10. {Drama}


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