Stephanie Plum is left without many options after getting divorced and losing her job. Filling the gap, she takes a job as a bounty hunter with her first case being the retrieval of her high school boyfriend who has skipped bail and may be falsely accused.
Katherine Heigl (Stephanie), Jason O’Mara (Morelli), Daniel Sunjata (Ranger), John Leguizamo (Jimmy), Sherri Shepherd (Lula), Debbie Reynolds (Grandma Mazur), Debra Monk (Mrs. Plum), Nate Mooney (Eddie).
One for the Money is a screen adaptation of the book by Janet Evanovich with the same name. The story starts off with some fairly extensive background before jumping into the meat of things when Stephanie takes a job as a bounty hunter. From there Stephanie ends up in the middle of a string of lucky breaks and misadventures as she works at capturing Morelli, her first case and high school sweetheart. Though fairly well done, the movie fails to capture a lot of the comedy from the book and comes across as an action romance rather than a action comedy.
Acting was good with Heigl feeling like a good fit for Stephanie Plum, presenting with a solid east coast attitude sprinkled with emotion. O’Mara was another good fit and also delivered attitude well. It would have been nice to see more of Sunjata, which we should if subsequent books are brought to film. Leguizamo was in type, and the remainder of the supporting cast did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with a solid feel fitting for a film of this type. Physical effects were minimal but nicely done and supported the film well. Dialogue was good even with accents and followed the book pretty well. Sound and soundtrack were both nicely done.
Overall One for the Money is a decent screen adaptation of the book despite some of the humor being lost. The film makes a good foundation for more films to come, which will hopefully be as well done as this one. Book fans will likely enjoy this one while at the same time those who haven’t read the books won’t be lost.
With some violence, sexual language and innuendo, partial nudity, and drug use this should be fine for teens and above.
One for the Money is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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