One for the Money

Release Date: January 27, 2012

Is it wrong for us to be happy that something bad happened to her here?

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158/169 Max Braden The dialogue/delivery is actually familiar to me as a child of New Jersey, but the plot feels like something Kathleen Turner would have done in the early 1990s.

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Katherine Heigl is that party guest who simply will not leave no matter how much you might hint that she is unwelcome. One for the Money is the latest force feeding of her presence into the collective consciousness. Fortunately, she is not the selling point in this particular release.

Author Janet Evanovich’s masterwork, One for the Money, was published in 1994. A failed romance novelist, Evanovich determined that change was needed. After doing some legwork to understand the dynamic between criminals and police officers, Evanovich spent some time on the shooting range and decided she had learned enough to create a new character. In that moment, Stephanie Plum was born. 18 novels and some novellas/short stories later, Plum remains an icon in the literary world.

One for the Money the movie will attempt to duplicate the popularity of the best-selling novels, thereby creating a new franchise for Heigl. The plot of One for the Money involves a broke lingerie buyer who is desperate enough to consider new career opportunities. She chooses the Midnight Run path by attempting to collect a bail bond by capturing the fugitive. The man she is pursuing happens to be an old flame; suffice to say that the flame is not 100% extinguished, either. Stephanie Plum must unravel the mystery of who the real criminal is while trying to shut down her feelings toward her ex.

Yes, the above is formula but Evanovich is a proven hand at good formula. Whether or not Heigl ruins the magic remains to be seen. If she is somewhat less annoying than usual, we will be seeing a LOT of Stephanie Plum movies in the years ahead. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for One for the Money
Main Cast Katherine Heigl
Supporting Cast Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Monk
Director Julie Anne Robinson
Screenwriter Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius
Distributor Lionsgate
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 106 minutes
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