One for the Money (2012)

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

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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 company...as 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 bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli - yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school. -- (C) Lionsgate
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Katherine Heigl
as Stephanie Plum
Jason O'Mara
as Joseph Morelli
John Leguizamo
as Jimmy Alpha
Debbie Reynolds
as Grandma Mazur
Debra Monk
as Mrs. Plum
Nate Mooney
as Eddie Gazarra
Adam Paul
as Bernie Kuntz
Fisher Stevens
as Morty Beyers
Ana Reeder
as Connie
Patrick Fischler
as Vinnie Plum
Leonardo Nam
as John Cho
Annie Parisse
as Mary Lou
Gavin-Keith Umeh
as Benito Ramirez
Louis Mustillo
as Mr. Plum
Harry O'Toole
as William Earling
John Joseph Williams
as Mooch Morelli
Jennifer Vos
as Waitress
Angela Pietropinto
as Mama Morelli
Jack Erdie
as Flat Nose Louis
Jake Andolina
as Cop #1
Tommy Lafitte
as Locksmith
David L. Early
as Carmen's Neighbor
Robert Oppel
as Shaw Street Thug
Bo Graham
as Old Man on Street
Olga Merediz
as Rosa Gomez
Michael Laurence
as Lonnie Dodd
Jared Burke
as Struggling FTA
Lisa Ann Goldsmith
as Police Woman
Jarrod DiGiorgi
as Ziggy Kuleska
Alexis Ferrante
as Jersey Girl #1
Alana Hixson
as Jersey Girl #2
Kathleen Murray
as Noisy Neighbor
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Critic Reviews for One for the Money

All Critics (52) | 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 29, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie has the by-the-numbers efficiency of a decent TV series, and about as much flavor.

Full Review… | January 28, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There have been notable exceptions, but Heigl tends to imbue her characters with an off-putting mix of insecurity and abrasiveness. This film is a prime example.

Full Review… | January 27, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

I guess I can't call the movie sexist as it was largely produced, directed and written by women. So I'll settle for calling it dull, corny and amateurish instead.

Full Review… | January 27, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

There is action of a sort -- a car blows up, shots are fired -- and what might pass for witty, sexy banter to someone who once overheard a conversation about an episode of Moonlighting.

January 27, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Heigl's comic timing is solid, and she knows her limitations well enough, but there's a hollowness at the movie's center, right where Heigl's heart should be.

Full Review… | January 27, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

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 Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

½

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
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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