One for the Money (2012)
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity)|
|Genre:||Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Julie Anne Robinson, Julie Ann Robinson|
|Written By:||Janet Evanovich, Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius|
|In Theaters:||Jan 27, 2012 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 15, 2012|
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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 Vinnie Plum
as John Cho
as Mary Lou
as Benito Ramirez
as Mr. Plum
as William Earling
as Mooch Morelli
as Mama Morelli
as Flat Nose Louis
as Cop #1
as Cop #2
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
An ungainly mix of flat-footed gumshoeing and strained attempts at hilarity, all delivered with an unconvincing Joizy vibe.
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.
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.
Didn't Jennifer Aniston already do a bounty hunter movie? Talk about sloppy seconds.
One For The Money is a paint-by-numbers chick-flick that'll make you laugh a few times but won't particularly enamour.
Audience Reviews for One for the Money
0 stars. I'm not even sure what I watched. Comedic bounty hunter stories always require too much suspension of disbelief for me. Apparently, the Stephanie Plum series is a fun collection of books, and the movie stays pretty faithful. Despite having not read the books, I have to wonder whether brunette Katherine Heigl was the best choice for the sassy Jersey girl. I love her in 27 Dresses, but the darker hair color seems to sap her natural exuberance. Her Jersey accent is also godawful. Not even sterling-coiffed Debbie Reynolds could save this movie from vapidity.
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
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.
One for the Money Quotes
|Stephanie Plum:||He looks like Michelangelo dipped the statue of David in caramel and strapped some heat on him.|
|Stephanie Plum:||Sure, I saw an old guy's twig and berries. But at least is bought me a meal that didn't come in a Lunchables box.|
|Joe Morelli:||We're ancient history! Like the pyramids, baby!|
|Joseph Morelli:||Catch me if you can Cupcake!|
|Stephanie Plum:||I'm naked.|
|Ranger:||I'm on my way.|
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