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One for the money, a film review

by Louisa Klein

One For the Money, what a disappointment you were!But lets start with plot, as usual:
“A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent. True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school.”
So, a lot of juicy premises, don’t you think? What a nice material to make a movie with, right? Wrong. I read a number of Stephanie Pulm novels and I’m a fan of Janet Evanovich.
In fact, I love her books so much, that I have even interviewed her for the Lost in Romance event, here.
So, when I found out that there was a film coming out based on the same novels, I was all excited and went straight to the cinema, full of positive expectations. How wrong I was! First of all, the Stephanie Plum books are all sparkling like champagne, this movie is comparable to a Cola left open for three days, if you know what I mean. The plot trudges slowly during the whole two hours inflicted to the audience by sadistic director Julie Anne Robinson. It’s simply punitively dull, Janet Evanovich’s best-selling Stephanie Plum series deserved better than this woefully executed, stillborn attempt at a franchise, really. Even Debbie Reynolds is wasted, here.
I think that the problem is that both screenwriter and director never find a convincing tone and ruins everything with over-emphatic comedy reaction shots and a music track that keeps telling us how funny everything is (it isn’t). Another example of a so so movie standing in the shadow of an excellent book, alas!, will Hollywood ever learn?
Louisa Klein
Director: Julie Anne Robinson
Writers: Stacy Sherman (screenplay), Karen Ray (screenplay), and 2 more credits »
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata


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