Would I see it again in the theater: I might, if I went with some girlfriends
Would I want to watch it at home or want to own it: I don’t think I’d buy it, but I’d definitely watch it again when it comes out on DVD
My thoughts: First, I love Katherine Heigl. I loved Izzie on Grey’s, I loved Heigl for sticking up for T.R. Knight, and I love her for being opinionated, outspoken, and unapologetic about it. I sat through the horrid Ugly Truth for her. If you’re not a Heigl fan, you probably want to skip this one since it is her movie, though Jason O’Mara is an appropriate mix of charming and off-putting as the fugitive Heigl’s character is attempting to capture. A side note: both look really good with curly hair in this movie.
Heigl is Stephanie Plum, a New Jersey woman down-on-her luck who is desperate for a job and some cash. She decides to become a recovery agent for her cousin’s bail bond shop. O’Mara is Joe Morelli, a cop on the run, who is worth a $50,000 recovery fee to Plum. Plus, who wouldn’t want to take down the high school stud who slept with you then never called?
One for the Money is light-hearted and enjoyable. There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking here, and the actors are playing caricatures more than characters, but that’s part of the fun. Sometimes I don’t want a twisty mind-bender that hurts my head, or a depressing Oscar Bait film. I want a decent plot with some comedy that doesn’t insult my intelligence and has a happy ending. One for the Money is that movie. It’s perfect for a rainy afternoon when you want to escape for a couple of hours.
My mom has read the Stephanie Plum books (One for the Money is the first in the series) and she said the filmmakers did a great job with the casting. Daniel Sunjata, who plays Ranger, was perfect, according to her. The film was fun and I’m thinking of checking out the books. I’m definitely hoping they make a sequel. B