Her range is as dependably varied as we would expect but, as also seen in another freakout scene, this time in a police station, Hedges is clearly grooming her for awards attention and again it adds to an overcooked feeling that only increases as the film hurtles to the end. The thriller-ish action almost derails the family issues that had been playing out in the film up to that point, with the dog feeling like an occasionally distracting canine McGuffin. Also Read: Lucas Hedges, Julia Roberts Embrace in First Teaser Trailer for 'Ben Is Back' (Video).

Ben goes to a Substance Abusers support meeting at a local church. However, this film is not so much about the stuff of returns and redemption as it is a cautionary tale about all the ways addiction corrupts and destroys. The two films are kind of exact opposites, given that they're also basically clones of each other: whereas Beautiful Boy was a chronologically promiscuous tale of several years in the life of a father trying to do whatever it takes to keep his son alive, shifting back and forth with the caprice of memory, Ben Is Back concerns just about 22 hours in the relationship between Holly Burns (Julia Roberts) and her teenage … With Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton. Ben attempts suicide by overdosing on the substance, but Holly finds him and administers an overdose-reversal drug. Only in this case, it’s a mother who runs, clings to and fights for her wayward, addicted prodigal.

Not again.” Oh, how much meaning there is in that sentence. Holly is already out of the car and running to grab her boy.

Ben attempts suicide by overdosing on the substance, but Holly finds him and administers an overdose-reversal drug.

Sienna Miller plays a woman who raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing. "Fog of War" and "Gates of Heaven" director Errol Morris is back with "American Dharma," which is a documentary portraying controversial Breitbart editor and former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon. But in reality, her character is clearly part of the problem and enabling her son.

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(He teared up when he introduced the film at the Princess of Wales Theatre and said that Lucas was in rehearsals on Broadway and couldn’t attend.). But in her quieter moments, away from Ben’s sight, we see a more cautious side, hiding prescription drugs and jewelry, a painful awareness of Ben’s all-too-recent troubles. To a certain extent, Holly’s unwavering love and support of her son is incredibly admirable. Afterward, that dealer offers Ben a dose of a packaged opioid. December 31, 2018. She also asks Ben to urinate in a cup to verify that he hasn’t been using drugs. Some 30 f-words and a dozen s-words join several uses of “a–hole.” God’s name is misused 10 times, five times in combination with “d–n.”. The change in tone also gives Roberts the chance to be as wounded and desperate as we’ve ever seen her, but also as fearsome as we’ve seen since “Erin Brockovich.”.


He is isolated and withdrawn as he works. For mom, the challenge becomes getting Ben to believe that he’s worth saving, a task that may be beyond her.

Kriss, Ro and Brandon have a lot to say about Ben is Back. Vous pouvez modifier vos choix à tout moment dans vos paramètres de vie privée. Ben, who seems to be earnestly trying to get healthy once more, recognizes his own deeply flawed nature as well. Last Updated: December 5, 2018 @ 12:33 PM, 'Beautiful Boy' Film Review: Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell Shine in Harrowing Look at Addiction, Lucas Hedges, Julia Roberts Embrace in First Teaser Trailer for 'Ben Is Back' (Video), 'Mortal Engines' Film Review: Dazzling Sci-Fi Fantasy Takes Big Risks and Succeeds, ‘Mortal Engines’ Film Review: Dazzling Sci-Fi Fantasy Takes Big Risks and Succeeds, ‘Back Roads’ Film Review: Alex Pettyfer’s Directorial Debut Follows a Twisty Path, ‘Vox Lux’ Film Review: Natalie Portman’s Rock Fable Is a Bit of a Mess, But Maybe That’s the Point.

2, Star Trek Lower Decks S1E3-6 Review – Staying in their Lane, Star Trek The Lower Deck S1 Episodes 1 & 2 Review – Irreverent Overachievers. Like a normal family. It’s Christmas Eve and as the Burns family prepares for the big day, they encounter a surprise visitor.

Don’t do it!” Holly’s teen daughter, Ivy, says with an edge in her voice. Julia Roberts as Holly Burns; Lucas Hedges as Ben Burns; Courtney B. Vance as Neal Burns; Kathryn Newton as Ivy Burns; Mia Fowler as Lacey; Jakari Fraser as Liam.

The title gives away the setup: Ben, who’s been away for almost four months in rehab, unexpectedly shows up on the front door just before Christmas. But by now, it’s too late. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” —Luke 15:20. While it's not screening in competition, one major buyer told TheWrap, producers are screening the film outside the festival for potential suitors. He’s a recovering addict, who informs them that his sponsor agreed that a last-minute trip back home for the holidays could be good for him, away from rehab, despite the problems that could potentially arise. Ben is Back review – Julia Roberts can't save middling addiction drama 2 / 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars. But it doesn’t make it easy to sit through. “We can’t save an addict,” another mother whose daughter overdosed tells Holly.

On the surface Julia Roberts plays the loving, caring mother of a son struggling with his recovery from drug abuse. The A-list cast also includes Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Jacob Tremblay and Ben Schnetzer.

A former heroin client punches Ben in the face. And actress Julia Roberts conveys this woman’s fervent passion, unceasing hope and unrelenting love impressively. Parents Guide. Lucas Hedges also stars in the family drama about drug addiction, which was directed by his father Peter Hedges. Ben is Back is showing at the Toronto film festival and is released in the US on 7 December, Available for everyone, funded by readers. She isn’t. Yahoo fait partie de Verizon Media. That’s not to suggest that she’s oblivious to the past, however. A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family's home on Christmas Eve. Prospective buyers are intrigued by the cast (led by Pattinson) and the story: A group of criminals sent to space under dubious circumstances. TIFF 2020: Shadow in the Cloud Is Hampered By the Emptiness of a Max ... Superman Part 1: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, Nick Spencer Part 3: Revisiting Secret Empire, Captain America Part 2: The Other Captains. Ben’s sponsor said it was OK, he tells his mom.

“You can’t trust an addict,” he tells his mom, adding that all they do is lie. We see several plastic Nativity scenes set up in a residential neighborhood. Toronto film market has awards bait, a Steve Bannon doc and lots of Natalie Portman. Christy Lemire.

“Then why are you gathering up all the prescription bottles?” Ivy asks once they make their way inside.

That truth makes this film emotionally moving, and maybe even … important. "Wild Rose" was the first title numerous industry players called their most anticipated movie of the festival. BEN IS BACK: Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges Interview - …

But when they come back from a Christmas Eve church service to find the house ransacked and the dog missing, the housebound drama turns into something very different. | “Don’t open the door.

[Spoiler Warning] Ben acts as a drug mule for a local dealer as payback for what he owed the man. Watching Ben Is Back, it’s hard not to think of a certain biblical story about a lost child and a loving parent.

As events progress, Hedges’ script becomes sloppier with distractingly forced conflicts and the film makes an uneasy lurch into the thriller genre, as Holly and Ben find themselves heading into the local underworld.

This seems to really be the year of white people being shitty parents and white kids being even shittier kids. Advertisement. Holly doesn’t answer, her fingers and feet simply moving on their own out of habit. 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.


19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning.

At Ben’s support group meeting, he jokes about being able to be aroused again since getting clean. It looks like we don't have a Synopsis for this title yet.

It’s a shame as investment soon turns into disbelief as Hedges betrays his characters to progress his story. So what happened? From the moment Ben walks back into their lives again—in a home and in a town full of triggers and temptations to relapse—Holly keeps a close eye on him and works to keep him on the straight and narrow. Also Read: 'Mortal Engines' Film Review: Dazzling Sci-Fi Fantasy Takes Big Risks and Succeeds.

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