'Tanner Hall' is exactly the sort of film you think of when you hear the words "coming-of-age." It's a sterile look at four girls on the cusp of adulthood who attend an all-girls boarding school in New England. The setting is replete with colourful foliage and plenty of stone erections, while the girls each embody very identifiable types: the Lolita (Georgia King), the bad girl (Brie Larson), the lesbian (Amy Ferguson) and the pretty little bookworm (Rooney Mara) who leads them. It's a derivative piece of cotton candy, which attempts to mate 'The Virgin Suicides' with 'Dead Poets Society,' but has neither the spark nor wit to pull it off.

Thank goodness for Chris Kattan and Amy Sedaris. The comedians stick out like sore thumbs in this relatively staid picture, and virtually save every scene in which they appear. 'Strangers With Candy' alum Sedaris plays batty Mrs. Middlewood, the dorm mother who can't seem to get her husband to sleep with her anymore. Kattan (best known for his stint on 'Saturday Night Live') plays the milquetoasty Mr. Middlewood, who suddenly finds himself lusting after the aforementioned Lolita.


'Tanner Hall' is exactly the sort of film you think of when you hear the words "coming-of-age." It's a sterile look at four girls on the cusp of adulthood who attend an all-girls boarding school in New England. The setting is replete with colourful foliage and plenty of stone erections, while the girls each embody very identifiable types: the Lolita (Georgia King), the bad girl (Brie Larson), the lesbian (Amy Ferguson) and the pretty little bookworm (Rooney Mara) who leads them. It's a derivative piece of cotton candy, which attempts to mate 'The Virgin Suicides' with 'Dead Poets Society,' but has neither the spark nor wit to pull it off.

Thank goodness for Chris Kattan and Amy Sedaris. The comedians stick out like sore thumbs in this relatively staid picture, and virtually save every scene in which they appear. 'Strangers With Candy' alum Sedaris plays batty Mrs. Middlewood, the dorm mother who can't seem to get her husband to sleep with her anymore. Kattan (best known for his stint on 'Saturday Night Live') plays the milquetoasty Mr. Middlewood, who suddenly finds himself lusting after the aforementioned Lolita.

The film is directed by first-time filmmakers and society princesses (with royal blood no less) Tatiana Von Furstenberg (daughter of fashion icon Diane) and Francesca Gregorini (child of model Barbara Bach, her step-father is Ringo Starr). 'Tanner Hall' is loosely based on their experience growing up together in an all-girls boarding school in England.

Moviefone met Sedaris and Kattan after the film's premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival.

Did marriage come naturally to you two? Chris, you have really nice skin.

Amy Sedaris: Doesn't he?

Chris Kattan: Thank you. I haven't done anything; does it look like I did? I just eat well, I think. I don't know, drink fluids...

AS: Coca-cola.

CK: Cocaine. Mushrooms. Manifestations.

AS: It was very easy to be married to Chris. We were very silly together. We clicked right away, wouldn't you say?

CK: We had never worked together prior and we just...

AS: Clicked. We went to see 'American Gangster' and he left when everything went down. He came back and asked me, "What did I miss?" and I said, "You missed everything." And then he retreated to his messy hotel room.

CK: I think you're an outrageous mess.

AS: I'm not messy.

CK: You're home is pretty much like my home, it's organized chaos. You have a pet rabbit and all these cool things from the 20s and little doctor bags and things like that.

Amy, do you still have that bakery out of your home?

AS: That's something I do for allowance money. Just to make an easy buck. Lately I've been making cards out of construction paper.

CK: I make construction paper out of cards.

Did either of you have crushes on your teachers?

CK: Mine was....mine might have been a therapy thing.

AS (makes a shocked sound and grabs the mike): Check, check, check, check, check, check...

CK: Welcome to Moviefone. Press 1. Senior citizens, 4.

What did you mean by a therapy thing?

CK: I think any crush on a teacher, there's something unhealthy about it.

What was it like working with royalty?

AS: They were really a good team. They always knew what they were doing and they were very supportive when we improvised.

Are there any scenes in particular you remember winging?

CK: They let us have a very free forum to plan stuff for ourselves. Our sex scenes – or whatever we're doing...

AS: ...the only sex scene I've ever had in a movie.

CK: Is it? I can go down in history as the only guy to have a sex scene with Amy Sedaris.

AS: Like that, yeah.

CK: It was pretty steamy. Amy, you had an idea of some of the things you wanted to say. The thing with the horse...

AS: I was just thinking about hay burners because rabbits are hay burners. I was stuck on that and then I thought about other animals.

How similar to your characters are you?

AS: I don't think there's anything about me in this role. I'm not going to shake some guy and tell him to get a hard on.

CK: In the end you were fine.

AS: No, I was using the Neti Pot! I was trying to cleanse you out of my system. Originally, I was using the Neti Pot before I sacked him, then they used it somewhere else. I had never used a Neti Pot, I thought it was disgusting. I did it on Conan O'Brien and he ended up doing it too. It also made me more congested.

CK: I just don't want water in my nose. It would make me feel like I'm drowning.



Amy, did you really fail first grade?

AS: Yeah. Keep it down, keep it down. That's why I always feel like a failure. I'm a second place citizen.

CK: That's the comedian's tragedy.

AS (in a Jerri Blank voice): Laughter through the tears.

How was this high school different from the one in 'Strangers with Candy?'

AS: Well, I didn't see any students in this school except those four gorgeous girls.

CK: I think it was a school, though. It wasn't some insane asylum we were shooting in.

What made you guys want to do the movie?

CK: They were trying to get Amy and I said I'm going to do it if you get her, because it was so contingent on the wife.

AS: I did it because it was offered to me and when things are offered to me I do them. [Laughs] I'm not one to go out and audition. Chris was a big reason, though, I'm a fan of his stuff on 'SNL.'

At this point co-star Tom Everett Scott brings his tea over to our table and joins in the conversation.

Have you guys seen any movies at the festival?

AS: No, maybe there'll be something on the plane.

CK: Maybe that new Sandra Bullock movie, or any Matthew McConaughey movie, please.

Tom Everett Scott: There's one on every flight.

CK: Any Jennifer Aniston movie or Matthew McConaughey, yet they still haven't worked together. They've been in the same posters for the past five years, though. They're either holding someone's tie or getting dressed.

TES: Maybe they're the same person. Have you ever seen them in the same room?