Ben Is Back (2018)

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

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  • Courtney B. Vance in Ben Is Back (2018)
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  • Kathryn Newton at an event for Ben Is Back (2018)
  • Kathryn Newton and Lucas Hedges in Ben Is Back (2018)

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20 February 2019 | TheTopDawg
| Excellent performance, great topic, but overall an underwhelming story
Writer/director Peter Hedges did a better job on his 4th directorial film than he did with his story. The 103 min length was decent, but the pacing felt really slow and lacked any luster or peaks in its screenplay. The message was strong and powerful, but I think it was under-emphasized and too typical to get a powerful message across, well, powerfully. The casting was great and all performances were very convincing. This film is certainly a must see to open the eyes of society on how addition can destroy many lives, not just the person addicted. Would I recommend it? Yes. Would I see it again? No, it lacked that luster and oomph for me to want to see it again. It's a 7/10 from me.

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