Amazon Studios has revealed the official trailer and poster for The Tender Bar, directed by Academy Award winner George Clooney from a script by Academy Award winner William Monahan. The movie is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author J.R. Moehringer’s memoir of the same name.
Starring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Christopher Lloyd, Lily Rabe, and Daniel Ranieri, The Tender Bar will be released in Los Angeles and New York on December 17 and nationwide on December 22. It will then launch globally on Amazon Prime Video on January 7, 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.
In 1972, 9-year-old J.R. Maguire (Daniel Ranieri, later Tye Sheridan) spends hours scanning the airwaves for The Voice, his name for the radio deejay father who deserted him and his mom years earlier.
As he dreams of the day when they can be reunited, he and his fiercely protective mother Dorothy (Lily Rabe) live with her family in his curmudgeonly grandfather’s (Christopher Lloyd) rundown house in Manhasset, Long Island, both working tirelessly to fulfill her dream of an Ivy League education for J.R.
Hungry for male attention, the boy finds comfort at the nearby Dickens pub, where the man behind the bar is his Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck). A self-educated truth-seeker with a closet full of classic books and a thirst for knowledge, Charlie takes the boy under his wing, encouraging J.R.’s aspirations of becoming a writer.
As J.R. grows to young adulthood with sporadic contact with his birth father, Charlie guides him through the mysteries of manhood and includes him in bowling nights, ball games and trips to the beach with his loyal band of quirky friends.
But when winning a scholarship to Yale, falling in love with a brilliant and beautiful classmate and getting his dream job still don’t seem like enough to J.R., he retreats once more to the bar, only to discover he already had everything he needed in order to claim his own dreams.
The film captures the heartache, vulnerability and humor of a boy’s struggle to become a man. The Tender Bar is rated R for language throughout and some sexual content.
The cast also includes Max Martini, Rhenzy Feliz, Briana Middleton, Max Casella, Sondra James, and Michael Braun. The producers are George Clooney, Oscar winner Grant Heslov and Ted Hope. The executive producers are Barbara A. Hall and J.R. Moehringer.
The director of photography is Martin Ruhe. The production designer is Kalina Ivanov. Costume designer is Jenny Eagan. The film is edited by Tanya M. Swerling. The composer is Dara Taylor.