One for the Money (2012)



Critic Consensus: Dull and unfunny, One For the Money wastes Katherine Heigl's talents on a stunningly generic comic thriller.

Movie Info

A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum's got plenty of attitude, even if she's been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding a recovery agent. True, she doesn't even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn't stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny's biggest … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Janet Evanovich, Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2012
Box Office: $26.4M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


as Stephanie Plum

as Joseph Morelli

as Jimmy Alpha

as Grandma Mazur

as Mrs. Plum

as Eddie Gazarra

as Bernie Kuntz

as Morty Beyers

as Connie

as Vinnie Plum

as John Cho

as Mary Lou

as Benito Ramirez

as William Earling

as Mooch Morelli

as Waitress

as Mama Morelli

as Flat Nose Louis

as Locksmith

as Carmen's Neighbor

as Shaw Street Thug

as Old Man on Street

as Rosa Gomez

as Lonnie Dodd

as Struggling FTA

as Police Woman

as Ziggy Kuleska

as Jersey Girl #1

as Jersey Girl #2

as Noisy Neighbor
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Critic Reviews for One for the Money

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (14)

An ungainly mix of flat-footed gumshoeing and strained attempts at hilarity, all delivered with an unconvincing Joizy vibe.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

One doesn't need to have any familiarity with the Stephanie Plum novel series to immediately hear and see what an ill fit Katherine Heigl is for the role.

Full Review… | June 2, 2012

Light and fluffy as a cupcake, Katherine Heigl's many talents are truly wasted in this story based on the first of eighteen best-selling Stephanie Plum novels.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012

Didn't Jennifer Aniston already do a bounty hunter movie? Talk about sloppy seconds.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
Tribune News Service

One For The Money is a paint-by-numbers chick-flick that'll make you laugh a few times but won't particularly enamour.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
Fan The Fire

Apart from the three girls behind me constantly shifting their legs so that it made my otherwise empty row feel as if I was in an earthquake, One For The Money is an utterly lifeless, joyless experience.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for One for the Money


I think it's about time we all conduct an intervention for actress Katherine Heigl, whatever it takes to stop her from starring, and producing, such middling junk like One for the Money. Heigl plays a novice bounty hunter, a Jersey girl on hard times who is tracking down her ex-boyfriend for a big payday. Yes, it's essentially a gender reversal of the loathsome Jennifer Anniston movie, The Bounty Hunter, but at least this movie doesn't foster a forced romance. I give the movie some credit for presenting two potential love interests for Heigl and by film's end she's still on her own. Bravo. The rest of the movie, however, is all strictly by the book, including the colorful characters that Heigl seems to collect. One for the Money isn't particularly funny or particularly good. It also isn't particularly offensive; it's just the standard pap you expect from Heigl at this point. Here's a confession: I really, truly enjoy Heigl as an actress. She's terrific at comedy and has star-power charisma, and even in junk she's still effortlessly enjoyable to watch. This woman has talent, she just doesn't have taste when it comes to picking movie roles. Or maybe she's content with churning out a mediocre rom-com every year or so for her fans. I just wish Heigl would gain some confidence and bounce from the ghetto of rom-coms, or at least poorly written, blandly formulaic ones. She's taken the rom-com crown that once belonged to Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Sandra Bullock, but look to them as example. You will have to adapt or die, because eventually Hollywood will find the next Katherine Heigl and supplant the old one.

Nate's Grade: C

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer


Kind of liked it, even though it's not a great movie. I thought they kept it fairly close to the book (though was relieved they kept Stephanie out of the oversized t shirts and Lycra pants!). The Ramirez attack parts were played down and not as scary as in the book, actually bits of it missing.
I thought Katherine Heigl did a good job as Stephanie. Having read the book, I think she got her across well.
I think this movie didn't do so well, so doubt there will be more, though it has renewed my interest in reading more of the series. The book has good characters, as does the movie, which is why I think the flat story works okay.
Not a bad adaptation.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Monk, Nate Mooney, Patrick Fischler, Ana Reeder

Director: Julie Anne Robinson

Summary: Janet Evanovich's spunky heroine, Stephanie Plum, is adrift after getting a divorce and losing her job. To make ends meet, she becomes a bounty hunter, with her first big case revolving around a high school boyfriend who may be falsely accused.

My Thoughts: "An OK movie. I thought it had some good moments, but not enough. Funny in some spots and cheesy in others. But I think Katherine Heigl did the character Stephanie Plum justice. But the problem with the movie is that it dragged in more ways then one. Some of the characters were annoying and it got to be a bit slow. So not great but not awful either. Kat and Jason O'Mara had great chemistry on screen so that made it fun. But nothing too great to get me to come back and watch this a second time around."


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