Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back

  • Writer & Director | Peter Hedges
  • Cast | Julia Roberts & Lucas Hedges
  • Distributor | Roadside Attractions

A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family’s home on Christmas Eve.


Nineteen-year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), 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.


104 minutes


Peter Hedges, Nina Jacobson, Teddy Schwarzman, Brad Simpson

Executive Producers

Jane Evans, Dan Friedkin, Micah Green, Michael Heimler, Lindsey King, Mickey Lidell, Pete Shilaimon, Daniel Steinman, Ben Stillman