The Tender Bar

2021

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 51%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 391

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
January 07, 2022 at 05:20 AM

Director

Cast

Ben Affleck as Uncle Charlie
Melanie Blake Roth as The Voice's Girlfriend
Alissa Bourne as Dickens Bar Patron
720p.WEB
984.55 MB
1280*694
English 2.0
R
24 fps
1 hr 46 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by CinemaSerf 6 / 10

Starts strongly but falls into a rut pretty quickly.

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 heads to Yale in the guise of Tye Sheridan. The first half hour, maybe, is quite entertaining. This young lad living with his mother (his selfish father is estranged from them, living the mobile life of a late night radio talk show host) in the home of his mildly eccentric grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) and their home is a lively, buzzing environment in which the youngster thrives. Chief amongst the residents is his charismatic, worldly-wise uncle "Charlie" (Affleck) who runs a local bar populated with a decent, working-class clientele who take to the young man and encourage his obvious academic talents. That half hour peters out, though, and the rest of the film is really a rather uninspiring story of a young man, his "first love", a youth who is looking for some sort of positive male "role model". I find Sheridan a rather sterile actor. Sure, he is pretty, but he doesn't ever stand out with his performances. They are all just a little bit by the numbers, and here is no different. He speak words of passion, but his acting conveys none of that adequately on screen. The soundtrack is left to do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to dialogue, and it feels longer than the 1¾ hours it takes to watch. I am glad I watched it - on a big screen in London with just one other person - but I don't think I would ever bother watching it again.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 6 / 10

excellent first half

Greetings again from the darkness. Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and journalist JR Moehringer published his memoir in 2005. Fortunately for him, it led to his being in high demand to pen the memoirs of others. Unfortunately for us, it also led to George Clooney directing a mostly listless movie version. Adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (THE DEPARTED, 2006), the film does offer a surprisingly interesting performance from Ben Affleck, while also failing to capitalize on other elements that could have provided a boost.

Opening with Golden Earring's "Radar Love" blasting over the speakers, this is the story of JR - from his childhood through young adulthood. Young JR (the acting debut of Daniel Ranieri) is being raised by his resourceful single mom (Lily Rabe, ALL GOOD THINGS, 2010). Financial hardships force them from the city, back to the Long Island home of JR's grumpy grandfather (Christopher Lloyd). Although his mother is a bit down at having to move back home, young JR embraces the slew of family members who use the house as a congregating spot. He's also taken under the wing of Uncle Charlie (2 time Oscar winner Ben Affleck), who runs the neighborhood bar called The Dickens.

Uncle Charlie becomes JR's adult male role model, and he passes along his love of reading to the boy. It's this that inspires JR to dream of becoming a writer - a dream that doesn't necessarily conflict with his mother's dream for him to attend Yale. Other life lessons include cancer, bowling, and living with regular disappointment courtesy of JR's absentee dad, a radio DJ referred to by the family as 'The Voice' (Max Martini, the "Fifty Shades" movies). In addition to Uncle Charlie's ever-present cigarette, adult beverage, and book of the day, are the regulars at the bar played by Max Casella, Michael Braun, and Matthew Delamater. Regrettably, these guys rarely offer anything outside of well-placed one-liners. JR is surrounded by folks who say they will always be there for him. And they mean they will always be there. They aren't going anywhere. Dreams and ambition don't exist, except for JR's mother - for her son, not for herself.

The first half of the movie is significantly more interesting and entertaining than the second. Once Tye Sheridan (MUD, 2012) takes over the role of JR, we immediately miss the bright eyes and eager spirit of young Daniel Ranieri. The realities of getting older set in as JR heads to Yale (class of '86). As JR fumbles through a romantic relationship with classmate Sidney (Brianna Middleton), he's little more than a typically clueless young man blind to realities of his situation. JR's post-college stint at the New York Times delivers very little that interests us ... heck, we aren't even sure JR is interested in the job.

I rarely find Ben Affleck's performance to be the best thing about a movie, but he is excellent here, following yet another terrific performance in THE WAY BACK (2020). Growing up, we all have role models. Affleck's Uncle Charlie is one of those well-meaning adults who seemed larger than life when we were young. His endless advice can be categorized as some good, some not so good - a combination which renders most of it meaningless. But instilling a love of reading and learning is one of the most important traits one can pass along to a youngster. The movie's issues aren't with that message, but rather with the bland storytelling. The recurring gags of 'what does JR stand for?' and 'where's my 30 bucks?' are just the most obvious misguided attempts at cuteness.

Opening in theaters December 22, 2021.

Reviewed by mjhowland 1 / 10

Exact OPPOSITE of a " feel good film " Practically Criminalizes Fatherhood

The Exact OPPOSITE of feeling good is what this movie portrays.. This is George Clooney at his Worst ! Worse than "Welcome to Collinwood" another film of his about ALL Losers. I BEG of Anyone NOT to waste one moment of their Life watching this film. Serious "daddy" issues is the theme of this entire film. The Only way the father figure here could have been worse is if he was a killer.. footnote: Anyone who knows Manhattan, knows the busiest public transportation in the entire Western Hemisphere does not need anyone to have a car there.. unless they are among the elite of the Rich, whom are Anything but Invisible in New York ! I hated wasting this much time of my life watching this Worst Film of the Year which centralizes on how to tarnish the image of Fatherhood, this film took place in early 1970's. This is 2021 where Fatherhood is as acceptable as just as honorable as Motherhood, WHY in the world would anyone demonize fatherhood just for the sake of stigmatizing Fatherhood as something despicable, short of killing someone?! WHY ?!?! This film is not only the Worst film of the year it is Criminal to even consider it for a Razzie Award.. The best for this film is to fade into oblivion & make sure whomever funded this "project" never be allowed to waste their money on a tax write off ever again.

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