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Ben Is Back Movie Review: Mother Fighting to Son's Drug Addiction

Ben Is Back Movie Review: Mother Fighting to Son's Drug Addiction
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Ben Is Back Movie view: A Mother Fighting to Son's Drug Addiction

Release date: 14 December 2018 (India)
Director: Peter Hedges
Box office: 80,972 USD
Screenplay: Peter Hedges

Producers: Peter Hedges, Nina Jacobson, Teddy Schwarzman, Bradford Simpson

Nineteen-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve. Ben's mom, Holly, is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son's drug addiction. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love gets put to the test as Holly does everything in her power to keep Ben clean.

Holly does everything in her power to keep Ben clean. 

Who can doubt mothers Power? Watching this movie will be surely a great idea that how the mother will act for her son and what limits a mother will go to! 

Critic Reviews: 

Ben Is Back makes you dream of a world in which no one needs movies like Ben Is Back. -vulture news

Julia Roberts performance is a complex and winning one, even if Holly is not entirely believable character.-Washington Post

Ben Is Back, a family addiction drama written and directed by Peter Hedges, sustains and intensifies a clammy, anxious feeling.-NY TIMES

Audience Reviews: 
Roberts gives one of the most powerful performances of her career as a devoted mother, opposite the equally excellent Hedges, in this emotional addiction drama.-Common Sense Media

Buoyed by the affecting performances from Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, Ben Back makes for a compelling (though uneven) exploration of addiction.-Screen Rant

Ben Is Back clearly exclaims that addiction singes everything and everyone in an addict's orbit.-Pluggedin

For its first hour or so, “Ben is Back,” starring Julia Roberts, is a compelling and intelligent study of how drug addiction affects a family. Lucas Hedges plays Ben, who has signed himself out of rehab to be with his mother (Roberts), stepfather (Courtney B. Vance), and siblings for Christmas. His reappearance, unannounced and unauthorized, is not welcomed; despite his protestations to the contrary, they fear he will relapse at any moment.

Roberts, in her “serious” performances, is often a tad too stiff and monochromic, but she works well here with Hedges, who knows how to be volatile without chewing the scenery. They are quite believable as mother and son. (Hedges’s father, Peter Hedges, is the writer-director.) The film falls apart in the end, alas, as the story spins into druggie melodramatics. Grade: B- (Rated R for language throughout and some drug use.)  - The Science Monitor

Overall The movie is about the struggle to quit the addiction. The second biggest enemy of a human's mind is Addiction [Compassion/Moh(Indian word)]. We need to get compassion out of our mind in order to get peace and focus on important things. 

But it is very hard to get out of addiction! Hence this movie is a Must watch and nothing will bring a good end to your weekend than watching good mothers love in the movie! 


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