Review: One for the Money

One for the Money

  • Starring: Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), Jason O’Mara (Resident Evil: Extinction), and Daniel Sunjata
  • Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson
  • Synopsis: “Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past..” (imdb)
  • Rated: PG-13 for violence, suggestive dialogue, some drug/sexual references, and partial nudity.
  • Trailer:

“Nope, there’s no Jennifer Aniston in this female version of The Bounty Hunter.”

Katherine Heigl stars as the title character of the Stephanie Plum book series in this comedic drama/action film. Based on the series of novels by author Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum begins her adventure of serving the community as a bail bond bounty hunter after all other options of employment fail. Losing her job, her marriage, her car, and possibly her self-dignity and respect, Stephanie resorts to working for her cousin as a bounty hunter in hopes of a quick payday to settle some debts. Little does she realize just what kind of adventure she is in for, nor how quickly she would have to adapt.

She is not the only one that must adapt throughout the film though. The hopeful moviegoer will also have to adapt when watching One for the Money as it disappoints those who remain hopeful for Heigl to have a breakthrough year…and any subsequent hope of her return to Grey’s Anatomy.

One for the Money fails to be on the money in many ways, but the main disappoints of this film: Characters, Plot, and Confusion.

Characters: When the best character in the film is not the main character…or even one of the main supporting members of the cast…that’s a BIG warning sign that reads: STAY AWAY! Sure, Katherine Heigl is cute running around chasing dollar bills in the form of fugitives, but it is the whimsical grandmother played by the hilarious Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ in the Rain) that steals the show in every scene she is in.

While all of the other characters play their parts, none of the characters are given any true depth that, I’m sure, they are given in the books.

I met a fan of the books this past week who watched the film and had some different casting choices I thought I would share. I enjoyed her thoughts on it. If you watch the film, consider these alternate casting choices and let me know your thoughts.

  • Angie Harmon to replace Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to replace Daniel Sunjata as Ranger

Plot: Katherine Heigl’s movies all seem to become a blur lately as the all seem rather similar. This one’s plot blends right into that blur as nothing new is given and the twists and turns are easily detected. So much so, that it tends to “dumbify” the characters because for some reason they can’t see what’s going on when it’s right there in front of them and the audience is practically screaming it to them.

Confusion: Referring to the film’s confusion in not knowing for sure what type of movie it is trying to be. With a few laughable moments (one of which involves a grandma, a turkey, and a handgun) and awkward situations, One for the Money fluctuates back and forth between being a romantic comedy and an action/detective story and never quite makes up its mind as to what type of movie it ought to be. As a result, this film is nothing spectacular and remains highly forgettable.

In regards to One for the Money…SAVE your money.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

Score:  1 out of 5 stars for One for the Money

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: Review for We Bought a Zoo


  1. It stars Katherine Heigl…. of course it’s gonna suck. Can’t stand her in anything other than Grey’s Anatomy – and even then she was a pain in the ass!

    great review though!


  2. You know to be honest, I am kinda tired of the regurgitation of female heroine roles–seriously. Love and completely agree with your review. With movies like these, people just have to sit back, watch the trailers. If the movie trailer seem to go beyond disbelief–just wait the film out until it appears on Netflix. Which is what I do and rarely do I regret the decision 🙂


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