Based on J.R. Moehringer’s Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of the same name, The Tender Bar was adapted for the screen by William Monahan. Early reviews for the film have been strong and there’s plenty of awards buzz around Ben Affleck’s performance.
This is a perfectly cut trailer – with a brilliant use of Paul Simon‘s Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard. The whole thing really sets the tone for Clooney’s drama.
The Tender Bar is must-see material from a Movies In Focus perspective. George Clooney is a smart director and Ben Affleck a great leading man – and this seems to have enough heart to make it something special. Clooney was a producer on Affleck’s Argo, so the pair have a history of making movies with resonate. Additionally, the film also features some tracks by the great Jackson Browne.
Amazon Studios will release The Tender Bar in select cinemas on 17 December 2021, before the film makes its global debut on Amazon Prime Video 7 January 2022
The Tender Bar tells the story of J.R. (Sheridan), a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie (Affleck), is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother (Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her — and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father (Christopher Lloyd) — J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams — with one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie’s bar. The Tender Bar is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer.