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"THE TENDER BAR"
(2021) (Tye Sheridan, Ben Affleck) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Mild
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: With an absent father, a boy turned young man looks to his uncle for advice about women, careers, and life in general.
PLOT:

It's the early 1970s and young J.R. Moehringer (DANIEL RANIERI) is moving with his mom, Dorothy (LILY RABE), into her Long Island childhood home where her father, Grandpa Moehringer (CHRISTOPHER LLOYD), haphazardly presides over a household of various family members.

With J.R. only knowing his dad (MAX MARTINI) through hearing the deejay on the radio, he looks up to his uncle Charlie (BEN AFFLECK) -- who runs the local bar -- for fatherly advice. Part of that includes reading as many books as he can, something that instills a desire in the boy to become a writer, although that clashes with his mom's desire that he attend an Ivy League school and then law school.

Years later, J.R. (TYE SHERIDAN) ends up at Yale with one of his roommates, Wesley (RHENZY FELIZ), becoming his best friend, all while J.R. pursues a relationship with classmate Sidney (BRIANA MIDDLETON) who isn't interested in anything serious. As J.R. deals with that and tries to find his way in the world including after graduation, he continues to receive words of wisdom from his uncle.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Some older teens might have some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language throughout and some sexual content.


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