The Tender Bar trailer: Ben Affleck is the cool uncle in a heartwarming first look

The highly anticipated film The Tender Bar had its first trailer released on Thursday morning.

The movie stars Ben Affleck as a protective uncle to his writer nephew and is directed by the star’s longtime friend George Clooney.

Amazon Studios will release The Tender Bar in select locations on December 17, 2021 and it will be shared globally on Amazon Prime Video on January 7, 2022.

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New: The highly anticipated film The Tender Bar had its first trailer released on Thursday morning

Also in the movie are Tye Sheridan, Christopher Lloyd, Lily Rabe, and Daniel Ranieri.

The Tender Bar tells the story of J.R. (Sheridan), a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar.

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The bartender is his cool Uncle Charlie (Affleck).

He is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. 

Cute boy: The Tender Bar tells the story of J.R., a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar

Like a dad: The bartender is his cool Uncle Charlie (Affleck). He is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures

As the boy’s determined mother (Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her — and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father (Christopher Lloyd) — J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams.

But he keeps one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie’s bar.  

The Tender Bar is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer. 

It has roots: The Tender Bar is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer

The boy is now a man: When the child is 18 he goes off to Yale University where he studies how to become a writer

The lady with the money: He ends up falling for one of the Yale students who comes from a wealthy family

The good mom: Lily Rabe plays his mother who tries her best to help her son

Grandpa is always there: Christopher Lloyd of Back To The Future fame is grandad who hosts his daughter and grandson

Ben has explained: ‘It’s a movie about kindness and love and support and goodness, ultimately, of people.

‘I think the world is a tough and ugly place, particularly now, so I feel good injecting this movie onto the world.’

The Tender Bar was the leading men’s second film collaboration after Ben’s 2012 directorial effort Argo, which George produced. 

The man in charge: The director is George Clooney, seen with his wife Amal on October 10