The Tender Bar

This movie does a fair job showing a young man trying to find his way in life by shaking himself free of the shackles (real or imagined) that bound him.  Yes, much of his issue was resolving his feelings for his absentee father.  The good news is that the acting is very good (Affleck has always been underrated and I’ve been a fan of Lily Rabe after seeing her star in Miss Stevens).  The bad news is that while the movie is often sweet it is is not very compelling.  The coming-of-age movie has been done much better than in this movie.

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Movie title: The Tender Bar

Movie description: J.R. is a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie, is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her — and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father — 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.

Date published: 2022-05-07

Director(s): George Clooney

Actor(s): Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Lily Rabe, Christopher Lloyd, Max Martini, Rhenzy Feliz, Briana Middleton, Max Casella, Sondra James, Michael Braun, Daniel Ranieri, Matthew Delamater, Ivan Leung, Billy Meleady, Danielle Ranieri, Kate Avallone, Mark Boyett, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Ezra Knight, David Carl, Shannon Collis, Keira Jo Lassor, Jennifer C. Johnson, Michael Steven Costello, Kate Middleton, Jackson Damon, Caroline Bergwall, Daniel Washington, Jenny Eagan, Steve Gagliastro, Annabella Valle, Clara Kelly, Meara Mahoney-Gross, Ron Livingston

Genre: Drama

My Review

This movie does a fair job showing a young man trying to find his way in life by shaking himself free of the shackles (real or imagined) that bound him.  Yes, much of his issue was resolving his feelings for his absentee father.  The good news is that the acting is very good (Affleck has always been underrated and I’ve been a fan of Lily Rabe after seeing her star in Miss Stevens).  The bad news is that while the movie is often sweet it is is not very compelling.  The coming-of-age movie has been done much better than in this movie.

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