Ben Is Back: Julia Roberts Is The Mom You Want on Your Side
Ben Is Back
?Directed by Peter Hedges?
?Written by Peter Hedges?
This is a great movie to add to your Christmas-But-Not-Feeling-It list* as Julia Roberts is a fabulous steely mom character and Lucas Hedges does well while withering under his family’s appraising eye.** It’s not a film that’s reinventing film as we know it, but it’s a solid story of one family drama. Courtney B. Vance is excellent as the stepfather trying to make the best decisions.
The verdict: Good
Cost: Disney+ Hulu bundle monthly charge ($12.99)
Where watched: at home
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*You know, it’s Christmas time, but things aren’t exactly warm and cheery.
**They are sizing him up for good reason as this is the second 2018 movie to deal with the parent-child relationship when the child’s drug use has become drug abuse.
- Is there a point where you think Julia Roberts should have made a different decision?
- What do you suppose happened after the final scene?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
When Peter Hedges was developing the film he had no intention of casting his son Lucas Hedges in the titular role, and had already created a shortlist of other actors he was considering. It was Julia Roberts who, after seeing the younger Hedges in Manchester by the Sea (2016), insisted he be cast.
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