The Tender Bar (2021)

“Don’t tell anybody I’m a good grandfather, everybody will want one.” – Grandpa

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy tries to find a positive father figure among his eccentric family.

My Take on it – This was a film that I recall hearing about a few months ago and was quite interested in seeing due to the involvement of both Ben Affleck in an important supporting role and George Clooney as Director in it.

They do a wonderful job capturing the nostalgic feel of the late 70’s/early 80’s and the character’s difficulty in trying to find a father figure to lead him as he grew up.

Tye Sheridan does a nice job with making this character feel even more realistic.

The film has some great scenes and the supporting cast enhances it on so many levels.

Loved seeing Christopher Lloyd in this film and he plays this character so well.

The film unfortunately doesn’t spend enough time in the youth of the main character and too quickly jumps to his late teen and college years.

The second half is also done well, but they don’t develop the character on an even deeper level prior to those scenes which would have helped things more.

The fact that this is somewhat based on the life of the author is nice to see and also allows the viewer to gain more insight into where this path in life eventually took him.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a Variety interview, Ben Affleck said “I think the world is a tough and ugly place, particularly now, so I feel good injecting this movie onto the world.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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