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Review: One for the Money

February 11, 2012

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

14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2012 1:44 pm

    Damnnnnn… the bullet!

    I thought it was harmless and forgetable. It never “bothered” me.

    Cant say I loved it though, and wouldnt argue you on any point you made man…


    • February 11, 2012 1:57 pm

      haha. 2 best parts of the film (I actually muttered that to myself while watching it): the turkey shoot, and the explosion!


  2. February 11, 2012 6:14 pm

    why did they remake the bounty hunter so soon ? looks craptastic


    • February 13, 2012 7:01 pm

      haha. well said!


  3. February 11, 2012 6:55 pm

    Love the review. No plans to see the film, but love the review 🙂


    • February 13, 2012 7:02 pm

      thanks! def had fun writing it!


  4. February 11, 2012 10:48 pm

    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!


    • February 13, 2012 7:03 pm

      well, you def won’t be disappointed as far as expectations are concerned when you watch this one! ha


  5. February 12, 2012 9:22 pm

    One positive aspect of this movie is that it makes it less likely that Heigl is going to headline a s@#%-y movie like this down the road 😉


    • February 13, 2012 7:05 pm

      true enough. ha


  6. February 13, 2012 6:48 am

    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 🙂


    • February 13, 2012 7:21 pm

      ditto. female heroine roles are getting a bit old. I agree. Thanks for enjoying the review.

      Perhaps I should be more like you in my film choices, but then again, bad movies=fun reviews! 🙂


      • February 16, 2012 10:03 am

        I think throwing out female heroine roles completely just because some people don’t do it right is kind of silly. I mean, there are plenty of bad male hero roles, but i don’t see those going away anytime soon so i don’t get why heroines should be singled out


      • February 16, 2012 10:40 am

        There are at least several GOOD male hero roles out there. But I see your point. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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