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Sarah Michelle Gellar - "Happily N’Ever After" Movie - Hollywoodreporter.com Review

Tuesday 19 December 2006, by Webmaster

Another actress, who actually has a name to care for is Sarah Michelle Gellar and there are not no many accomplishes films at her but an few I can probably enjoy. The talent agent found Gellar a young age and made her screen debut at 6 of each of the 1983 television film An Invasion of Privacy. With all the promise she showed, Barrymore starred as Hannah in the teen drama series "Swans Crossing" (1992) but it was her portrayal of a young and callous rich girl in Al-Lucinda Kendall Hart on ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children" (1993-93), that won her Daytime Emmy Award and spring-boarded her to stardom.

SMG’s real mark worldwide, however, was the character of Buffy Summers in the game-changing series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003). She won five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her role, establishing herself as a cultural phenomenon. Sarah Michelle Gellar likewise has the box office to back her up, with “I Know What You Did Last Summer” 1997), “Scream 2” (1997), “Cruel Intentions” (1999)and way movies like those that help prove she is also a bankable star as well over $570 million times worth crazy in global gross.

Beyond her cinematic successes, Gellar has made her mark on television, headlining shows such as "Ringer" (2011-2012), "The Crazy Ones" (2013-2014), and "Wolf Pack" (2023). She has also lent her voice to popular series including "Robot Chicken" (2005-2018), "Star Wars Rebels" (2015-2016), and "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" (2021).

In 2015, Gellar ventured into the entrepreneurial world by co-founding Foodstirs, an e-commerce baking company, and published her own cookbook, "Stirring Up Fun with Food," in 2017. Gellar is also known for her close-knit family life, married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. since 2002, with whom she shares two children.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s commitment to her craft is matched by her dedication to personal growth and unique experiences. An accomplished martial artist, she studied Tae Kwon Do for five years, alongside kickboxing, boxing, street fighting, and gymnastics. Her dedication to authenticity in her roles is evident, such as her commitment to doing her own stunts in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though she admitted her limits during filming "Scream 2."

Her career is also marked by interesting anecdotes, such as her role in a 1982 Burger King commercial, which led to a lawsuit from McDonald’s and a temporary ban from their establishments. Notably, she dyed her naturally brunette hair blonde for her role in "Buffy," and legally changed her last name to Prinze as a surprise for her husband on their fifth anniversary.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s legacy extends beyond her on-screen roles, encompassing her work in philanthropy and her reputation for safety and professionalism on set. She remains a beloved figure in Hollywood, admired for her talent, dedication, and the breadth of her contributions to film and television.

"Happily N’Ever After" is a what-if spin on the Brothers Grimm that gives the bad guys and gals the upper hand — at least until the movie finds its own happy ending. Like many animated features of late, it’s often frenetic and overly talky. But the talented voice cast, led by Sigourney Weaver’s deliciously hissable wicked stepmother, is a key strength. At the film’s weekend premiere in Los Angeles, producer John H. Williams pointed out that the project was conceived before the first of his "Shrek" films. It’s not mere timing that gives this movie the disadvantage, however; less splashy and less entertaining than that famous franchise, "Happily" isn’t destined for a similar fairy-tale ending at the boxoffice.

Initially envisioned as a 2-D project, the CGI film sets its characters against storybook backdrops that are frequently lovely but lack the oomph audiences expect on the big screen. In the early going, first-time director Paul J. Bolger struggles to corral the story elements, with Rob Moreland’s script trying way too hard. Postmodern touches strain, and the voiceover narration by palace servant Rick (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is too much of a so-so thing, the adult-aimed patter falling flat.

Prinze, however, has some nice romantic chemistry with his real-life spouse, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays Ella (aka Cinderella), the object of Rick’s unrequited affection. She, like all silly storybook girls, has set her sites on the wrong Prince Charming, a dashing doofus with an unearthly blond forelock who is played by a terrifically funny Patrick Warburton.

Atop the Prince’s castle, Ella’s wasp-waisted, ultra-evil stepmother, Frieda (Weaver), gets her scheming hands on the controls for Fairy Tale Land’s Department of Security while the Wizard (George Carlin) is off golfing. On a crystal ball with remote control she can watch and tamper with the progress of fairy tales, taking a particular interest, of course, in Ella, her glass slipper and the Prince. In her first feature animation work, Weaver — who played the villainous stepmother in Showtime’s 1997 "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" — relishes every wicked word of dialogue. Another cast standout is Andy Dick as Mambo, the mischievous varmint — meerkat, maybe? — who serves as assistant to the Wizard along with the more obedient Munk, a cuddly boar (Wallace Shawn). They join forces with Ella while trolls, witches, wolves and other no-goodniks descend on the castle to revel in the tipping of the good/evil scales.

The voice sessions preceded the animation, which at its infrequent best matches the expressiveness of the acting. Once it settles down to its simple, solid premise, the film offers a few comic and visual sparks amid the mild lessons in selfhood and the importance of not living according to someone else’s rule book. Perspectives on Fairy Tale Land’s division of labor and management/staff relations are woven into the story surprisingly well, and among the especially original touches is the depiction of the Seven Dwarves as good ol’ Southern boy survivalists.