Ben Is Back


Ben Is Back
We follow a charming yet troubled young man, who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. His wary mother welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, she must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.

98 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Drug abuse).
Drama, On the art circuit

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He’ll always be my baby ...
He’ll always be my baby ...

Credits

Cast
Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, Rachel Bay Jones, David Zaldivar, Alexandra Park
Director
Peter Hedges
ScreenplayPeter Hedges
MusicDickon Hinchliffe
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
EditingIan Blume
Sound formatsUnknown
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2018
Produced byBlack Bear Pictures, 30West, Color Force

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageThe use of crude language is fairly frequent and has a moderate impact used in expressing surprise, fear, concern, anxiety, anger, frustration and regret and conversationally.
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceIt is infrequent and of low impact with no injury or blood-letting.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsThe themes are complex, mature, adult and positive themes of moderate impact based on tacking drug addiction, effects of drugs and consequences of actions, a mother’s tough love, redemption and forgiveness, love, rehabilitation and forgiveness providing emotional and psychological support to drug addicts mitigating negative themes. The themes focus on a relevant issue affecting many families in different societies. They are educational and inspiring with messages to warn teenagers of the dangers of drug consumption and abuse, containing a strong anti-abuse message and measures to prevent it thus creating awareness and being a cautionary tale. Therefore, viewers of 13 years will learn the long-lasting consequence of drug use which mitigates the negative aspect of the drug use theme. There are also negative themes of drug addiction, manipulation, fear, drug dealing, deceit and lies, rejection and death. The themes are laced with a moderate sense of threat and menace and the tone is sombre with a sense of fear and doom. The theme manifestation might cause emotional and moral harm to viewers younger than 13 because the characters are all highly emotionally charged. They might misinterpret the tension as menace. Themes like drug addiction, overdose and dealing could be morally harmful, upsetting, disturbing and distressing for viewers younger than 13.
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CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
15 +
Positive messages
3
Positive role models
3
Violence
2
Sex
0
Language
4
Consumerism
2
Drinking, drugs, smoking
4

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Die Burger
Herschelle Benjamin quote iconRoberts, Hedges se spel anker anderse Kersprent.
10
24.com
Herman Eloff quote iconAlthough it’s a gripping telling of a heart-breaking tale, it never truly ventures into the darkest of realities faced by addicts. It’s a very clean and unblemished look at a grievous subject matter.
15
Metacritic.com
12 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
46 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconRefreshingly understated, Ben Is Back subverts family drama stereotypes - and provides a forum for terrific performances from Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts.
17
CommonSenseMedia
Sandie Angulo Chen quote iconPowerful, mature mother-son drama tackles addiction.
15

What the People say

IMDB
378 Netizens
13

Average .. 69%

14

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