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Sarah Michelle Gellar - "Small Soldiers" Movie - Celebritywonder.com Review

Sunday 1 October 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.

Synopsis :

A toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they’ve employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat. The Commando Elite (belligerent war toys) vow to wipe out the Gorgonites (kindhearted misfit fantasy creature figures) in a suburban neighborhood. A young boy, with the help of the kind Gorgonites, must protect his home and family from the Commandos. Listen for the voices of Spinal Tap (Mike McKean, Chris Guest, and Harry Shearer) as Gorgonite Voices as well as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci (as the voices of evil, mutated Barbie dolls). Movie Reviews:

Movie review by : Steve Rhodes

RATING (0 TO ****): ***

It’s war out there as toys fight toys along with any hapless humans who get in their way.

The rag-tag and gawky Gorgonites, programmed to hide and to lose, are led by a sad but heroic figure named Archer, voiced movingly by Frank Langella. In contrast, the invincible Commando Elite, a DIRTY DOZEN version of G. I. Joe-type action figures, have a commander, Chip Hazard, who would make General Patton proud. ("We are the Commando Elite. Everything else is just a toy!") A fast-talking Tommy Lee Jones, the voice of Chip, delivers hilarious speeches that are slice-and-dice amalgamations of famous patriotic and military aphorisms.

The Commando Elite are after the "Gorgonite Scum," and they show no mercy to them or their human helpers. In a movie filled with references to older films, the voices of many of the commandos are done by Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, and others from THE DIRTY DOZEN.

Joe Dante, the imaginative director of GREMLINS and INNERSPACE, turns his creative talents to the world of action figures in SMALL SOLDIERS. The resulting dark comedy, while likely to scare the daylights out of the more impressionable younger viewers, will delight most audiences as it pushes the limits of what is expected and acceptable from a live-action movie featuring toys that come to life. The soldiers, designed by JURASSIC PARK’s Stan Winston, look like live toys rather than animatronic or computer-generated figures that mimic toys.

It all starts when a take-no-prisoners CEO (Denis Leary) of a sophisticated electronics conglomerate buys a toy company. He wants toys that are as real as those shown in television commercials - ones tough enough to break out of their own boxes with their bare hands. Toy designer Larry Benson (Jay Mohr) accepts this challenge and, with the help of some company military surplus, soon has the toys speeding to stores everywhere. His nerdy sidekick Irwin Wayfair, played by David Cross, is aghast when he realizes what Larry has done. "You put munitions chips into toys!" Irwin exclaims.

When the first batch of Gorgonites and Commando Elite go to the little "Inner Child" toy store owned by the Abernathy family, all hell breaks loose. The Commando Elite start their own war in a big cat-and-mouse game to find the fleeing Gorgonites. Using ever-increasing firepower built from everyday household items and tools, they manage to wreak havoc on everything around them. From metal-pronged corncob holders to nail guns to aerosol flame-throwers, their arsenal is impressive and imaginative.

The Abernathy’s teenage son Alan, played by Gregory Smith from HARRIET THE SPY, takes Archer home while the other Gorgonites hide. Alan, an ex-trouble maker, is more interested in girls than toys. He has fallen hard for his fellow classmate and next-door neighbor, Christy Fimple (Kirsten Dunst), but she only dates older guys. (Her father is played by comedian Phil Hartman in his last film before his death.)

The Commando Elite establish an assault base in Christy’s bedroom and conscript her dolls into service, giving Alan lots of time to be with his would-be girlfriend as they fight together. In the darkest scene in the story, nude Barbie-like dolls mix trite teen talk with fighting slogans - "If you can’t accessorize, pulverize!" - as they attack in droves in a scene reminiscent of THE BIRDS. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci are devilishly good as the lead voices for the vicious dolls.

SMALL SOLDIERS borrows scenes and soundtracks from other movies. >From APOCALYPSE NOW, a commando pilots an attacking helicopter as "The Ride of Valkyries" blasts away.

One of the funniest sequences is an homage to real life. Patterned after the siege in Panama of General Noriega, the commandos commandeer the Fimple’s huge stereo speakers to blast their opponents with music certain to drive them mad - The Spice Girls. (For the record, like Mrs. Fimple, I too confess that I like their music.)

SMALL SOLDIERS runs 1:55. It is rated PG-13 for violence and profanity and would be fine for kids nine and up.

My son Jeffrey, age 9, thought the movie was great and gave it ****. He liked everything in it from the songs to the toys - both sides.