THE TENDER BAR – Review by Diane Carson

Director George Clooney has a refined touch, by which I mean that without understatement and restraint The Tender Bar could have easily tipped over into sentimental mush, which it doesn’t. Instead, it presents a snapshot of 1970s and 80s working class individuals inhabiting Manhasset, Long Island and New Haven, and the communities they share. Based on J.R. Moehringer’s 2005 memoir of that title, the story focuses on J.R. at two decisive stages of life: as an impressionable boy and a student at Yale.

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