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The Tender Bar

R
Movie
2021
1h 44m
English
Drama
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.
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Ben Affleck
Charlie Maguire
Tye Sheridan
J.R. Maguire
Lily Rabe
Dorothy Maguire
Christopher Lloyd
Grandpa Maguire
Sondra James
Grandma Maguire
Daniel Ranieri
Young J. R. Moehringer
Mark Boyett
Sidney's Dad
Ezra Knight
Professor Van Dyke
David Carl
School Psychologist
Keira Jo Lassor
Kathy's Daughter
Jennifer C Johnson
Mrs. Williams
Kate Middleton
NYT Personnel Woman
Directed By: George Clooney
Written By: William Monahan (Screenplay)

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JimDarko says...
6 months ago
A solid coming of age memoir that coasts mostly on the cast. The film meanders in a way, which is a positive and a negative, the positive is that it feels real, the negative is that doesn’t always make the best movie. But again the cast really makes it and it feels like something people would fawn over more if it didn’t have the Affleck or Clooney names attached.
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Lee Brown Barrow says...
6 months ago
Tender is right. This is a warm hearted film, with excellent performances throughout and some interesting characters. An enjoyable watch.
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mosesmsj says...
6 months ago
Absolutely wonderful movie! Excellent cast!
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tgrbabydoll says...
6 months ago
A surprise coming of age story. Ben Affleck definitely has a type cast, but the movie is a warm hearted, feel good movie. It's an 8.5, but usually round up unless really bad. The cinematography was really good, which was a surprise in itself. I wasn't expecting that at the beginning of the film when it showed George Clooney directing. Someone said memoirs don't translate well. This does, but it's not really memoirs don't translate well into movies. In my observations over the years, memoirs that cut a little too close to home often leave the viewer off balance. Is that the viewer's issue or the movie's?
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CinemaSerf
3 months ago
It's not often I find myself writing this, but Ben Affleck is comfortably the best thing about this otherwise rather lacklustre adaptation of JR Moehringer's autobiographical coming of age tale. It depicts the story of his childhood - through the eyes of the engaging young Daniel Ranieri - before he More
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SkinnyFilmBuff
CONTAINS SPOILERS8/10  4 months ago
I think slice-of-life films have a disadvantage over those that are structured around more linear and external dramatic narratives. In murder mysteries for example, the plot alone might be enough to keep viewers invested, as they try to anticipate the twists and turns and identify the culprit. On More
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