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Review: 'Valentine's Day'

February 12, 2010|By BETSY SHARKEY | Film Critic

With so much going on, being memorable isn't easy, so props to the best of the bunch: Emma and aunt Julia don't embarrass the Roberts family; in the "Grey's Anatomy" hunk arena, McSteamy (Dane) beats McDreamy (Dempsey) hands down; best kiss-off goes to Garner, whose takedown of one beau might be the "When Harry Met Sally" moment of the movie; Hathaway picks up best phone sex in a foreign accent honors; best conversation with a stranger in an elevator goes to Swift's smitten Valley girl, suggesting the young country singing sensation has serious comedic potential; and best meta-movie moment is a 70ish MacLaine declaiming her love while a scene from 1958's "Hot Spell" starring a 20ish MacLaine plays on a big screen behind her.

The effect of all those spinning songs, stars and scenarios is merry-go-round-like, producing a sort of dizzying collage that no doubt some will adore, while others will just get nauseous -- maybe Julia or Bradley will hand over their air sickness bags.

betsy.sharkey@latimes.com

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