What does Lucas Hedges have to do to catch a break? Hollywood’s golden boy has been going from strength to strength, but he’s seldom allowed to do so with a smile. Whether he’s grieving (Manchester by the Sea), angry (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), sexually conflicted (double strike for Lady Bird and Boy Erased) or just plain mean (Mid90s), the soft-featured actor has impressed in his use of distress.
This time, he’s acting alongside an on screen mother – Julia Roberts – and an off screen father, writer and director, Peter Hedges. In Ben Is Back, the eponymous adolescent returns home, and so too does Lucas’ suffering.
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