Picks and Pans Review: 2 Days in the Valley

updated 10/07/1996 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/07/1996 01:00AM

Danny Aiello, Teri Hatcher, Glenne Headly, Charlize Theron, James Spader

Chaotic where it wants to be impressionistic, silly where it wants to be funny and precious where it wants to be hip, this unorthodox caper film is nonetheless brightly entertaining. Thanks go to an engaging, whimsically sweet performance by Headly, a dazzling debut by South African model Theron and an array of decorative small performances, including one by Keith Carradine as a remarkably casual homicide detective and Greg Crutt-well as a pompous art dealer who says, "I may be an ass, but it took me a long time to become one."

Director John Herzfeld, a TV veteran who also wrote the script, keeps things moving, though he lets Hatcher get away with a very nervous, unfunny performance as an Olympic skier whose ex-husband is murdered while he's in bed with her. Spader commits the murder with Aiello, and Jeff Daniels and Eric Stoltz are jaded vice cops who stumble on the killing. (R)

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