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First Trailer and Poster for ‘The Tender Bar’ Sets George Clooney’s Return to the Director’s Chair

If Oscar season wasn’t heated enough, George Clooney is back with his next directorial effort since last year’s The Midnight Sky with The Tender Bar. Written by William Monahan and based on the book of the same name written by J.R. Moehringer, the film stars Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Lily Rabe, Christopher Lloyd, Sondra James, and Max Martini. Here’s the official plot of the film from a press release by Amazon Studios:

“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.”

Alongside a trailer, Amazon Studios has also released the film’s first poster, which you can look at below:

You can watch the trailer below and see the film in theatres December 17 or stream it on Amazon Prime Video on January 7, 2022:


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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