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Tanner Hall Review

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The better moments are fleeting. More often, the film feels flat-footed, and the story plays out as you'd expect. Long before Tanner Hall ends, you may well find yourself wishing for the final bell.

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  • 40

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    Village Voice Nick Schager

    From hairstyles and clothes to autumnal-hued cinematography and a raft of clichéd incidents involving pills, suicide, sneaking out, and blackmail, everything feels dainty to the point of stale.

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  • 50

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    Refigured from a never-made TV pilot, this shallow boarding school-set coming-of-ager traverses familiar territory without offering anything fresh.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    An uneven drama set at a girls' boarding school, rarely rises above the generic, though its atmosphere of coddled young people indulging themselves in opulent surroundings is palpably authentic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Uneven coming-of-age drama features sex, drugs, adultery.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this coming-of-age drama takes place at a girls' boarding school where the central teen characters deal with issues of sexuality, depression, and suicidal behavior. There are lots of sexual overtones to the film, including a couple of sex scenes, some kisses, and brief nudity in a shower scene (a girl's breasts are shown briefly before she hides); also, two girls are shown in a bath together and kiss for a moment. Two of the relationships are between a married man and a high-school senior (one is consummated, the other stalls at overt flirting). Language is on the tame end for an R rating, but there's some underage alcohol and drug use (marijuana and cigarettes). Amidst all the iffy stuff, the movie does have some positive messages about unconditional friendship and making painful decisions.

  • Families can talk about the teen relationships depicted in the film. Did you find the girls' friendships relatable? Would you consider any of the characters to be role models?
  • How was sexuality portrayed in the movie? Which of the girls had healthy romantic relationships? 
  • What are some other well-known boarding-school movies? Do the ones featuring all boys' schools differ in scope? How?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Despite some of the inappropriate decisions explored in the movie, there are a couple of positive messages about the need for unconditional friendships and the importance of being honest about who you are with those who love you.

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    Role models: Most of the characters are flawed adolescents, but Lucasta is relatable for teens who might be questioning their sexuality. She's confused about how she feels but in the end is honest about it with her male best friend. Both Fernanda and Victoria redeem themselves, although Victoria's one good decision doesn't make up for her cruelty and manipulation.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One character secretly cuts herself and expresses suicidal thoughts.

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    Sex: Brief nudity during a scene in the girls' showers (one girl's breasts are seen very briefly). A married woman keeps trying to get her husband to have sex and humorously asks him to rub her (clothed) breasts and tries to have sex with him. Jokes about Viagra, erections, a penis looking like a "boiled shrimp," and other sexual remarks. A male teacher has fantasies about one of his flirtatious students, whom he imagines wet and naked (lots of skin but no actual nudity). On various occasions, a student comes on to her teacher, sucking provocatively on her pencil, asking him to help her with a leg injury while she's wrapped in a towel in the bathroom, etc. A couple has sex in a car. Adolescents kiss at a fair. A teenager loses her virginity to an older man (they're both seen shirtless on a sofa together). Two girls get in a bath together, and one teaches the other how to kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," etc.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Victoria's mother acts like an alcoholic, even at a baby's christening. Teens get high smoking pot. An adult drinks in front of a minor he's trying to seduce and breathes marijuana smoke into her mouth. A mother and a teen smoke cigarettes.