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Sarah Michelle Gellar - "The Return" Movie - DVD - Bostonherald.com Review

Tenley Woodman

Thursday 1 March 2007, 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.

Brace for a slow ”Return”

Universal, $29.98, with featurette, deleted scenes and alternate ending, available. Grade: C

“The Return” is a sluggish suspense film riding on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s success in the “The Grudge” and her years as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Geller plays Joanna, a 25-year-old traveling saleswoman haunted by unexplained visions of people only she can see. It’s a bit like “The Sixth Sense,” only not all of the people she sees are dead.

Joanna feels as if she is being hunted by a man, visible only to her, who calls her Sunshine. The terror she feels during these episodes is so intense, she avoids visiting friends and family in her native Texas, where these oddities began. That’s until she needs to close a big sale.

As soon as she crosses the state line, she regrets the decision.

Like “The Mothman Prophecies,” this film plays on the unexplained elements of daily life to create fear, only “Prophecies” did it better.

Joanna’s car stereo repeatedly plays a Patsy Cline song. In typical horror-film form, Joanna decides to follow her gut and visit the small town where she experienced her first vision as a child.

Good suspense films slowly reel viewers in and then up the tension.

“The Return” does this too slowly. Unlike the snappy plot development of such films as “The Grudge” or “The Sixth Sense,” “The Return” plugs along through scenes void of entertainment or information.

View the alternate ending at your own risk. Once you’ve finished the film, you’ll be happy to turn the DVD player off.