Tanner Hall (2011)
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as Mrs. Middlewood
as Mr. Middlewood
as Mr. Tependris
as Ms. Wallace
as School Nurse
as Coffin Vendor
as Father of Dart Girl
as Dart Girl
as Townie's Friend
as Victoria's Grandmother
as Child Victoria
as Child Fernanda
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Critic Reviews for Tanner Hall
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.
A few moments pack some power, but the overall experience is underwhelming and a bit boring. No amount of pretty pictures has the power to fix the mess that is this script.
Rarely rises above the generic, though its atmosphere of coddled young people indulging themselves in opulent surroundings is palpably authentic.
Ultimately not even the gifted Mara can keep the film from feeling like a gauzy portrait of privilege.
The performances aren't bad, but the film quickly collapses into an incoherent, tonally inconsistent muddle with no narrative momentum.
Audience Reviews for Tanner Hall
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.
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).
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