Ben is Back — Official Trailer


added: Thu, Oct 11th '18

Julia Roberts stars as a distraught mother who desperately wants to trust her drug-addicted son again, but knows she just shouldn't in the new official trailer for "Ben is Back."

The heart-rending mother-son drama, which also stars Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird) as Roberts' 19 year-old troubled son, is set over the course of a tense 24 hour period during Christmas.

When Ben Burns (Hedges) unexpectedly shows up at his mother's home on Christmas Eve morning, he is greeted with equal parts adulation and suspicion from his long-suffering mother, Holly (Roberts). What unfolds is a daylong interplay filled with tears, anxiety, doubt, and heartache as Ben tries to atone for his past failures, which regrettably have placed his mother and family in danger.

"Ben is Back," which premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival to glowing reviews, marks the first time Lucas Hedges has collaborated with his Oscar-nominated screenwriter-turned-filmmaker father, Peter Hedges, whose screenwriting credits include "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "About a Boy," but most recently wrote and directed the family fable "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" and the Steve Carell dramedy "Dan in Real Life."

Co-starring Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton, "Ben is Back" is scheduled to open in select theaters December 7th.

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

starring   Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton

release date   December 7, 2018 (in select theaters)

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