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The film follows JR Moehringer’s childhood on Long Island through Yale University and into adulthood.

JR’s uncle Moehringer, who is a bartender at Dickensian, plays an important role in JR’s life as a father figure, due to the absence of his real father. The tender bar

The first trailer for “The Tender Bar” was released Thursday morning, offering another glimpse into local production of the memoir-turned-film by American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner JR Moehringer.

“The Tender Bar,” directed by George Clooney, follows the coming of age story of Moehringer’s childhood on Long Island through Yale University and into adulthood. The film stars Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Lily Rabe, Christopher Lloyd and Daniel Ranieri. It is mostly set in New York City, but many scenes have been shot in Boston, Beverly, Cambridge, Ipswich, Lowell, Watertown, and other nearby towns.

“The Tender Bar” begins with an introduction to the family of JR (Sheridan), who grows up without a father and is raised by his mother (Rabe) and his uncle Charlie (Affleck), who acts primarily as his father figure. JR’s mother is determined to give him opportunities that were denied to her by her father, but struggles to do so.

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JR begins spending time at the bar where his uncle works as a bartender, and spends most of his time under his uncle’s wing as he longs for a father-son relationship. It is also his uncle who pushes and introduces JR into the world of books, which inspires him to become a writer.

After graduating from Yale University, JR continued to write, eventually The New York Times, which is shown in a brief scene from the trailer. All the while, JR stays connected with his uncle Charlie, periodically returning to the Long Island bar, even as an adult.

The original Amazon film will premiere in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York City on December 17 and in theaters nationwide on December 22. The film will later appear in the world on Amazon Prime Video on January 7, 2022.