Ben Is Back review – the enduring sadness of Lucas Hedges

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.

Read the full review on Little White Lies

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