On Christmas Eve morning, 19-year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird) unexpectedly returns to surprise his family at their cozy suburban home. His mother Holly (Julia Roberts, Wonder, Ocean’s Twelve) is thrilled to be reunited with her son but wary about his ability to stay clean, while Ben’s distrustful sister (Kathryn Newton) and common-sense stepfather (Courtney B. Vance) fear he will wreak havoc on their lives as he’s done so many times before. After Ben launches a charm offensive that wins over his young half-siblings, Holly agrees to let him stay for the holiday on one condition: she will personally monitor his every move. 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. A gripping drama fueled by powerful performances, Ben Is Back is an intimate look at a mother struggling to protect her son from himself. Written and directed by Lucas’s father Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, The Odd Life of Timothy Green).
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