REVIEW: George Clooney directs a drab adaptation of JR Moehringer’s memoir, The Tender Bar.

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REVIEW: George Clooney directs a drab adaptation of JR Moehringer’s autobiography, The Tender Bar.

In director George Clooney’s drab adaptation of JR Moehringer’s memoir, the truth isn’t much more interesting than fiction.

Clooney has produced a handsome film that fails to elicit much tension, comedy, or drama by sticking to the uninteresting events that defined the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s early life.

JR, a working-class kid who wins a scholarship to study at Yale in the 1970s, is played by Tye Sheridan.

While his on-again, off-again romance with well-heeled fellow student Sidney (Briana Middleton) is mostly tedious, the film comes alive whenever Ben Affleck appears.

He portrays JR’s affable, well-educated Uncle Charlie, who owns a Charles Dickens-themed boozer on Long Island’s back streets.

The literary theme of the pub is probably misguided (none of his patrons appear to be avid readers), but the rambling, booze-soaked scenes in the pub have a relaxed, laidback charm.

They were similar to Cheers, but without the jokes.

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