Julia Roberts delivers a riveting performance as a mother swept into a race against time after her troubled 19-year-old son (Lucas Hedges) returns home for Christmas — and suddenly disappears. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed — and a mother’s love is tested — in this unforgettably powerful film.
One family. One day.. 19-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly, 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.. Ben Is Back Wiki
I thought it was OK - not great, but also not bad. Could easily be a movie-of-the-week for some TV channel, like Hallmark, for example. "Drug is bad, folks!"
Oh gosh wasted a whole hour of my life on this movie. It is sooooo booring and when the movie finishes your like " wth" ???? There is no point of this movie . I have no idea why they even produced it..... Worst 1 hour of my life
There is really nothing that can be said about this movie, except the performances are unbelievably good - Julia Roberts does not even stand out among them. The power of a mother's love. The even more powerful attraction of chemical substance. The emotional wreckage of a family history that led them all to this precipice. What an amazing, honest, punch in the face of a story about this substance that is sucking the life out of our kids. Can not recommend it highly enough. Not a date movie, no doubt. But, oh man, does it make you think.
only someone of Julia Robert's and Lucas Hedge's talent and, more likely, in the case of excellent actors, raw intelligence, could something so.....important-and-real-and cruel, .... make US feel and grasp, --- effectively and immeninantly---, the importantance and realness and cruelty of OPIODS. Thank you.
Their scoring clearly doesn't mean anything anymore.
Terrific performances by all of the leads - BUT, with a story that is SO relevant right now ... it just absolutely did not make a huge impact. I wanted this message thrown OUT there via this film. Everybody was playing their part/role in a script that needed just a little something more. So actually 3.5 stars almost 4. And thank you for addressing this issue. Most folks want to ignore it.
One of the best, well acted movies I’ve seen about the damage drug addiction does to the addict, his family, and all that he comes in contact with.
Hands down one of the best films I’ve seen. Great job to all the actors.
Julia Roberts is brilliant!
This is probably Julia Roberts' best dramatic performance since Erin Brockovich. People forget that Julia is not just a beatiful actress, but has the acting talent to back it.