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Sarah Michelle Gellar - "The Return" Movie - Mbhs.edu Review

Erica Turner

Thursday 16 November 2006, by Webmaster

Sarah Michelle Gellar, a name synonymous with versatility and enduring appeal, began her illustrious career in the entertainment industry as a child. Discovered by a talent agent at a young age, Gellar’s screen debut came at the tender age of six with the television film "An Invasion of Privacy" in 1983. Her early promise led to a leading role in the teen drama series "Swans Crossing" in 1992, but it was her portrayal of Kendall Hart on the ABC soap opera "All My Children" (1993-1995) that earned her a Daytime Emmy Award and catapulted her into the limelight.

SMG’s true claim to international fame, however, was her iconic role as Buffy Summers in the groundbreaking series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003). Her performance not only garnered her five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe nomination, but it also cemented her status as a cultural icon. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s filmography is equally impressive, with box office hits like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), "Scream 2" (1997), "Cruel Intentions" (1999), "Scooby-Doo" (2002), and "The Grudge" (2004) collectively grossing over $570 million globally.

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.

"The Return" should never have arrived

A disappointing plot leaves no hope for a scare

You know those movies that have really frightening previews on television but then just end up being so completely confusing that they’re not even close to scary? If not, check out director Asif Kapadia’s latest film, "The Return." Although this film is advertised as a thriller, the confusion of the plot is the only thing that will make you want to scream.

We’ve seen it all before. Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a young plagued by terrifying supernatural visions of the murder of a woman named Annie (Erinn Allison) in the town of LaSalle, Texas. Joanna has never met the woman in her nightmares and she has never been to the town where the murder occurres in her recurrent dream, but when she goes to visit the town, she recognizes places like barns and bars that she has never been to.

Now on a mission to solve the mystery of this woman, Joanna sets out to understand how the two of them are linked. Sadly, the plot drags on and the story line is flat with little emotion from the characters to connect to the audience. The dull and disconnected dialogue leaves viewers wondering what the heck just happened in the scene they just saw. "The Return" is frightenly slow.

At one point in the film, Joanna is drawn to a barn that she has seen in one of her dreams. Once inside, she sees a mural on the wall of the barn that she realizes she’s drawn herself, and, shortly afterward and seemingly at random, Joanna pulls out a knife and stabs herself in an almost comically dramatic scene. She is found by the owner of the barn, Terry Stahl (Peter O’Brien) who asks her why she has stabbed herself. Joanna replies that she does not know. And, to the viewer’s frustration, the answer to the question is never answered throughout the rest of the film.

The scariest scenes from the movie include Joanna’s persistent stalker, a stranger who calls her Sunshine. But that’s not saying much; these scenes are only a few minutes long and offer only a mild dose of suspense. The reasons as to why this man killed Annie and why he is now after Joanna are never solved and just serve as an irritation.

The link between Joanna and Annie is only halfway explained, leaving us perplexed and even more disappointed. But the biggest mystery is why anyone would spend $9.50 on a film that would only leave them baffled.

"The Return" (85 minutes, area theaters) is rated PG-13 for scenes of graphic violence


2 Forum messages

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar - "The Return" Movie - Mbhs.edu Review

    16 November 2006 16:31, by Anonymous
    Ouch. Is this movie really that bad?
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar - "The Return" Movie - Mbhs.edu Review

    21 November 2006 22:51, by Anonymous
    wow i can’t disagree more. this movie is a bit confusing in while its progressing but by the end everything is explained. my only explanation for why people might be ’perplexed’ by it is because they’re not smart enough to draw their own conclusions. Don’t hate a movie for leaving stories open for you to think. Use your brain and don’t complain. Wow.that should be a slogan.