Ben Is Back

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.

Directed by: Peter Hedges Joseph P. Reidy Dianne Dreyer Rachel Jaros John Silvestri
Genres: Drama,
Production Company: Black Bear Pictures, Color Force, 30WEST, Sierra/Affinity,

Ben Is Back - One family. One day. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 05-12-2018
  • Runtime: 103 Minutes
  • Popularity: 15.60
  • Vote Count: 862
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7
  • Budget: USD 13,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 12,616,995
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Julia Roberts - Azwaad Movie Database Julia Roberts Holly Burns
Lucas Hedges - Azwaad Movie Database Lucas Hedges Ben Burns
Courtney B. Vance - Azwaad Movie Database Courtney B. Vance Mr. Beeby
Kathryn Newton - Azwaad Movie Database Kathryn Newton Ivy Burns
Rachel Bay Jones - Azwaad Movie Database Rachel Bay Jones Beth Conyers
David Zaldivar - Azwaad Movie Database David Zaldivar Spencer 'Spider' Webbs
Alexandra Park - Azwaad Movie Database Alexandra Park Cara K.
Michael Esper - Azwaad Movie Database Michael Esper Clayton
Tim Guinee - Azwaad Movie Database Tim Guinee Phil
Myra Lucretia Taylor - Azwaad Movie Database Myra Lucretia Taylor Sally
Photo Name Department
Peter Hedges-Directing Peter Hedges Directing (Director)
Peter Hedges-Production Peter Hedges Production (Producer)
Peter Hedges-Writing Peter Hedges Writing (Writer)
Chryss Hionis-Art Chryss Hionis Art (Set Decoration)
Stuart Dryburgh-Camera Stuart Dryburgh Camera (Director of Photography)
Joseph P. Reidy-Production Joseph P. Reidy Production (Co-Producer)
Joseph P. Reidy-Directing Joseph P. Reidy Directing (First Assistant Director)
Brad Simpson-Production Brad Simpson Production (Producer)
Ford Wheeler-Art Ford Wheeler Art (Production Design)
Melissa Toth-Costume & Make-Up Melissa Toth Costume & Make-Up (Costume Design)

See Full Cast & Crew of Ben Is Back


"Ben" (Lucas Hedges) arrives at his mother's home on Christmas eve and she is delighted. "Holly" (Julia Roberts) and her daughter "Ivy" (Kathryn Newton) know that he has a problem, though. He's a drug addict and has only recently managed to go for seven days without using. A Christmas carol service and an happy Christmas beckon for all if only he can stay sober but his erstwhile dealer has other plans and using the boy's dog as bait, entices him into one last delivery that has everyone racing around before something tragic happens. It's all rather bleak, this, with neither Hedges nor Roberts really having much to work with aside from the rather depressingly presented subject matter. Perhaps this will resonate more with those who have experienced some of the traumas addiction can cause, and this story certainly has an authentic (television) look to it, but there are plenty of better put together stories of recovery (or not) out there that reach out to the uninformed and unfamiliar in a more constructive fashion - and this just rather slotted in mid-table. I like Hedges, he has something natural about him - but here they are both rather mediocre in a rather mediocre melodrama that doesn't really develop the characters or the underlying threads of the story anywhere near enough.

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