'Ben Is Back': Julia Roberts helps Lucas Hedges stay clean from his drug-dealing past as mother-son relationship is put to test
In the trailer released Thursday, we see Julia Roberts battle for her son's sobriety as he is forced to confront his drug-dealing past
The official trailer for 'Ben Is Back' debuted on Thursday and it's emotionally stirring. Starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton, the plot follows the story of 19-year-old Ben Burns, who 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 sober. 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.
“He’s got the sparkle back in his eyes,” said Holly, while hiding the bottles of pills in the bathroom. As enthralled Holly is to have Ben back, she is worried about his drug addiction and involvement with dangerous people around town. For the next 24 hours Ben is with Holly, and she says "You are mine. All mine. Got it?"
During a day out with his mom, Ben runs into an old friend at the mall, who exclaims he thought he was dead. Ben soon makes eye contact with a man who is linked to his drug-dealing past. Then all of a sudden the trailer cuts to a scene of a window shattering in the car while Ben and Holly are sitting in it.
Forced to confront his past, Holly instructs Ben, "You go in, pay the man and then come right back out," while she anxiously waits in the car, unable to keep calm.
“You need to go home. If you really knew me, you’d be done with me,” Ben later tells his mother. The mother-son relationship is put to test and we see Holly standing by her son's side throughout even when as goes off to pay his debt in a shady part of the town. We also see Holly taking Ben to the graveyard and telling him, “Just tell me, son, where you want me to bury you.”
'Ben Is Back' premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival. The film will hit select theaters on December 7. Watch an excerpt from the move below: