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Amber BensonAmber Benson - ’Chance’ Movie - Even Buffy fans may not dig this
By Phoebe Flowers
Saturday 12 March 2005, by Webmaster
In Chance, Tara is alive. But she’s not a witch, involved with Willow or particularly nice. Spike, neither English nor a vampire (soul restored or otherwise), is her roommate. They live together in Los Angeles. Apparently he’s run out of TV shows to work on, or Lost hasn’t been created yet, because writer-producer David Fury is delivering pizza to them. Oh, and Lorne is still singing in nightclubs, although he’s no longer a demon. Without the horns and green makeup he’s actually kind of hot.
If the preceding does not make any sense to you, you are assuredly not the target audience for Chance. It’s an earnest but borderline unwatchable romantic comedy making its international commercial debut in Fort Lauderdale tonight. Amber Benson, who played sweet, ill-fated Tara on TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, forged her directorial debut (she also wrote and produced) in the spring of 2001. She sold glossy photographs of herself to fund the production. She also recruited James Marsters (Spike) and Andy Hallett (Lorne on sister show Angel) as co-stars.
It’s a noble effort. She seems like a lovely woman. But the movie has no appeal at all to non-Buffy fans. Even those who reside in the Buffyverse are likely to find themselves in substantial pain.
Benson stars as Chance, a trust-fund brat with little to do, it seems, but hook up with people indiscriminately and torment her roommate Simon (Marsters). Simon has severe body odor and works a job as a telemarketer that involves a clip-on tie. This is not our Spike.
The characters feel like walking versions of MySpace profiles, all laboriously crafted "clever" posturing and ceaseless profanity of the sort teens use to try to shock older acquaintances. "I am a conscientious objector in the game of life," Chance tells someone she’s trying to impress. The line exemplifies a script that was clearly inspired by the snappy dialogue of Buffy creator Joss Whedon, but does not come close to capturing its appeal.
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