The Tender Bar
Director: George Clooney Run Time: 104 min. Release Year: 2021
Starring: Ben Affleck, Christopher Lloyd, Daniel Ranieri, Lily Rabe, Tye Sheridan
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.