Tanner Hall (2011)

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As Fernanda (Rooney Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall-a sheltered boarding school in New England-she's faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker Victoria (Georgia King), appears. Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends-adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larsen) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson)-but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Tom Everett Scott), an older family friend, she decides it's finally time to take some risks. Jealous of Fernanda's exciting relationship, Victoria begins to sabotage Fernanda's plans and plots to publicly humiliate her. -- (C) Anchor Bay
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R (for sexual content including brief nudity, and some drug use)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Chris Kattan
as Mr. Middlewood
Amy Sedaris
as Mrs. Middlewood
Anne Ramsey
as Coffin Vendor
Susan Misner
as Roxanne
Lillian Adams
as Victoria's Grandmother
Amy Ferguson
as Lucasta
Rooney Mara
as Fernanda
Russell Steinberg
as Father of Dart Girl
Georgia King
as Victoria
Mark Carter
as Attendant
Alexia Rasmussen
as Gretchen
Ryan Schira
as Peter
Alaina Steinberg
as Margaret
Konstantine Kakanias
as Mr. Tependris
Lowry Marshall
as Ms. Wallace
Joanne Burk
as School Nurse
Alexis Kiernan
as Candice
Antonia Steinberg
as Dart Girl
Collin Brown
as Townie
Tom DeNucci
as Townie's Friend
Sydney Neill
as Child Victoria
Kate Skye Netto
as Child Fernanda
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

Codirectors Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg work up some believable, easygoing rapport between the young actresses, but since the story line is hackneyed, it's rapport in a vacuum.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
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Rarely rises above the generic, though its atmosphere of coddled young people indulging themselves in opulent surroundings is palpably authentic.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Ultimately not even the gifted Mara can keep the film from feeling like a gauzy portrait of privilege.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The performances aren't bad, but the film quickly collapses into an incoherent, tonally inconsistent muddle with no narrative momentum.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Allows room for a lot of thinking about other things - its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There are some dedicated performances, but this unfocused drama adds nothing new to the girls' boarding school film curriculum.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Tanner Hall

Mildly entertaining.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

On the plus side, Victoria's(Georgia King) enrolling at a new boarding school allows her to put some distance between her and her mom and to be reunited with her childhood friend Fernanda(Rooney Mara) and quickly introduced to her friends Kate(Brie Larson) and Lucasta(Amy Ferguson). On the down side, the limo driver forgot to pack her clothes, forcing her to borrow some of Fernanda's, putting some strain on their friendship when she tries to alter them without her friend's knowledge. Even worse is when it turns out that Victoria's roommate is a bed wetter. While it seems "Tanner Hall" might desperately want to have something to say about female friendship, it instead goes off in the creepy direction of teenage women who have relationships with much older men. And it is less critical than leering. That's not to mention the epic scenes involving bed wetting and erectile dysfunction. However, it should surprise no one that Rooney Mara is the best thing going here but even she can make little difference in the end.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

Okay movie, well cast. A little slower than I expected, actually pretty tame and lacking in punch. Amy Sedaris has only a small role and she's not funny at all, which is unusual. It's worth watching once, I guess, but can't really recommend it as it is a little on the dull side. For a similar theme done better, I would recommend The Hairy bird (Australian title -aka Strike! Or All I wanna do).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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