September 14, 2011


Colesmithey.comA cinematic cocktail blended from the contents of a suburban medicine cabinet, "Tanner Hall" is a girls-boarding-school movie that could bring up the bile in more than a few throats.

Amateur screenwriters Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg would have had a better shot at scriptwriting careers if this misguided effort had gone straight into the circular file.

$2.50 Reviews: Tanner Hall (2011)

A New England boarding school is the senior year headquarters for a bunch of personality-lacking girls that include Fern (Rooney Mara) and her disenfranchised former childhood friend Victoria (Georginia King). Victoria is intent on making a copy of the key to the mansion school's front door so she and her pals can slip out at night. Fern falls for the charms of Tom Everett Scott's married man Gio. Gio's pregnant wife is friends with Fern's mother. A few much-needed comic moments come from the school's husband-and-wife headmasters Mr. and Mrs. Middlewood (played by Chris Kattan and Amy Sedaris). Mr. Middlewood only has eyes for Lolita-wanna-be-student Kate (Brie Larson). Mrs. Middlewood is intent on making hubby perform his bedroom duties using tools learned in couple's therapy.

Tanner Hall (film) - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia

“Tanner Hall” wants to be a “Catcher in the Rye” for girls but doesn’t know where to begin or end, much less what tone to adopt. Jordan Scott’s 2009 boarding-school drama “Cracks” makes “Tanner Hall” look like a weekend summer camp by comparison.

Tanner Hall': Movie review - Los Angeles Times

Rated R. 95 mins.

2 Stars

Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

This website is dedicated to Agnès Varda and to Luis Buñuel.

Get cool rewards when you click on the button to pledge your support through Patreon.

Cole Smithey on Patreon


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Featured Video

SMART NEW MEDIA® Custom Videos



Throwback Thursday

Podcast Series