The Tender Bar

2021 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.

Our Review

by Deirdre Molumby
Star Rating:

'The Tender Bar' exhibits the talent of Ben Affleck, and that's about it

JR Moehringer (Tye Sheridan) reflects back on his life, from his childhood (Daniel Ranieri) growing up on Long Island. In the absence of his father, he bonds with his uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck) and the patrons at the bar he runs. With his knack for English, JR pursues a career in writing upon graduation, and tries to find romance with Sidney (Briana Middleton).

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