Non-Spoiler (i.e. nothing you can’t figure out from the trailers)
The only reason I went to see this movie is because my mother is a really big fan of the Janet Evanovich novels and I promised I’d take her. At first I thought the movie starred Katie Holmes because if you look at the movie posters a brunette Katherine Heigl looks just like her. Needless to say I’m not a big fan of Heigl as she tends to play the same neurotic character over and over again and it’s not even a likable character. Also, Heigl isn’t really a bad actress, she just doesn’t seem to try in most of her films. Thankfully, Stephanie Plum is more hapless than neurotic and a refreshing change for Heigl who put in a bit more effort which lifted this film immensely.
Stephanie Plum is a divorced ex-lingerie department manager whose hamster eats better than her. Looking for a new job she comes across her cousin Vinnie who is a Bail Bondsman. One of the bail-jumpers is Joe Morelli, a man she has some history with. She proceeds to chase after him but doesn’t know what to do once she catches him, it’s not like he’ll go willingly.
The whole film reminds of 90’s filmmaking which makes some sense since the book was written in ‘94. It’s a typical crime-based romantic comedy and avoids a lot of the clichés so I can see why the book was so popular. However, it’s a bit cluttered with a lot of little bits going on in the background which I guess would make sense to those who had read the book. It’s not enough to really knock this film down but does give a bit of that annoying ‘haha we know something you don’t’ vibe.
There is a wonderful cast of supporting characters and they really make the film as it’s a more interesting story when they are onscreen as opposed to just Heigl. However, she has almost no chemistry with Jason O’Mara so the romantic angle isn’t as quite good as it could have been.
Of course, the film also stars the wonderful Debbie Reynolds as the grandmother… who comes off as drunk to me but I’m assured by my mother that the character is simply that crazy.
One for the Money is one of those lazy afternoon movies that you watch without high expectations because you just want something to kill the time. If you go in expecting ‘high art’ then you obviously weren’t paying attention to anything about the film in the first place.
Word of warning, or not, depending, there is a moment where Heigl is naked in the shower and is interrupted. Instead of cheating with camera angles there is full on frontal shots with her covering her bits as to keep it PG-13. Think Bullock in The Proposal. At least if you drag your man to see it (or you are that man being dragged) then there is something there for you.