Julia Roberts is combating for her addict son’s life in ‘Ben is Again’

Julia Roberts is combating for her addict son’s life in ‘Ben is Again’

Julia Roberts is on a mission — once more. In a throwback to her scantily clad, door-knocking position in “Erin Brockovich,” she performs a

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Julia Roberts is on a mission — once more.

In a throwback to her scantily clad, door-knocking position in “Erin Brockovich,” she performs a drug addict’s decided mom in “Ben Is Again.” And he or she’s simply pretty much as good with out the smile.

Swell, too, is the candy and subdued Lucas Hedges as her son Ben, who leaves rehab unannounced for a shock household vacation. However inside hours of arriving at his suburban New York dwelling, he encounters harmful forces from his previous, and will get sucked again right into a harmful world.

It is going to take a mother to save lots of him.

“Ben Is Again” is the second film this yr a couple of younger addict. It follows the overly fairly “Stunning Boy,” which starred Timothée Chalamet, however it’s lots higher. For one, its setting is extra reasonable, set as it’s in a tiny city that intently resembles these being ravaged by the opioid disaster. Nor does it shrink back from exhibiting the ugliness of dependancy: the needles, the mendacity, the physique searches.

Though “Ben” can get a bit of sentimental at instances, Roberts and Hedges are a workforce to root for.

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