Ben Is Back

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media

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Friday, December 7, 2018
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Roberts, Hedges star in mature drama centered on drugs.
  • December 7, 2018
  • R
  • 2018
  • 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ben Is Back is a mature family drama starring Julia Roberts. Holly Burns (Roberts) gets a huge surprise when her son, Ben (Lucas Hedges), arrives home on Christmas Eve, even though he's supposed to be in a sober living environment. Although Holly is thrilled to see him, she learns that Ben is in more trouble than she thought. Not only is he still at risk of returning to drugs, he's deeply indebted to violent drug dealers. Over the course of 24 hours, Holly is tested as Ben's actions endanger their whole family. There's not likely to be much for kids in this intense drama. Expect strong language, drug use, and heavy themes. 

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For kids who love dramas

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