Ben (1972)

Where 'WILLARD' ended... Ben begins. And this time, he's not alone!
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  • RT Rating 67%
  • IMDB Rating 5.3

Critic Reviews:

It really doesn’t have much else going for it except the aforementioned Oscar-nominated song sung by Michael Jackson over the end credits.


That’s essentially what Ben boils down to: the story of a boy who refuses to, er, rat out his pet rodent to the cops. Like Willard before it, the film plays out askew but without winking at the audience—it’s absurd, to be sure, but it’s almost too fucked up to even chuckle at.


Ben doesn’t have a lot on its mind, but what it does say speaks volumes about sequels. Completely ditching the power struggles and office politics of Willard for a strange mix of sentimentality and sewer soirees, it doubles down on the mayhem while shoehorning in a story that would make Uncle Walt proud.


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