If you have a memory going back far enough, the first thing you might notice about the trailer for “The Tender Bar” is that it essentially attempts to recreate the 20-year-old trailer for Wes Anderson’s dysfunctional family classic “The Royal Tenenbaums.” ‘, to using Paul Simon’s ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’. This doesn’t quite sell, though, as Clooney is a much more direct traditional dramatic filmmaker than Anderson, and as the trailer progresses, the quirkier character moments give way to real drama once the teenage Moehringer (Sheridan) heads to Yale.
“The Tender Bar” is produced by Clooney along with his longtime production partner Grant Heslov (“Catch-22”, “Money Monster”) and former Amazon head Ted Hope (“Super”, “American Splendor”). Moehringer serves as executive producer, while William Monahan, winner of the Academy Award from ‘The Departed’ (who knows his way around writing bars on screen) wrote the script.
Here’s the official summary:
The Tender Bar tells the story of JR (Sheridan), a fatherless boy who grows 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. Boy’s mother (Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities that are denied her – and abandons the dilapidated home of her outrageous, but reluctantly supportive father (Christopher Lloyd) – JR begins his romantic and professional dreams – with one foot stubbornly “Set in Uncle Charlie’s bar. The Tender Bar is based on JR Moehringer’s best-selling memoir of the same name.”
“The Tender Bar” will be released in a limited release on December 17, 2021, followed by an Amazon Prime Video streaming debut on January 7, 2022. See the poster for “The Tender Bar” below.