Excerpt: Didn’t we just do this? The whole, “Awkward, unknowing bounty hunter chases down an old flame wherein romantic hijinks ensue?” It sounds familiar. A Gerard Butler/Jennifer Aniston joint? What was that called? Bounty something? Oh, right. The Bounty Hunter . Duh. People hated it. Cutting One for the Money some slack wouldn’t be the end all.
Conclusion: Even with a solid Blu-ray presentation that kicks up the overall presentation a notch, I can’t help but feel that One for the Money is a completely unnecessary flick that shouldn’t have gone into production in the first place. The acting is mediocre, the writing is weak, and the direction is run-of-the-mill. One for the Money is simply not up to snuff.
Conclusion: It appears there are three audiences that are going to enjoy 'One for the Money:' Women, fans of Katherine Heigl's other movies, and fans of Janet Evanovich's books. It isn't as terrible as I predicted it would be, but it sure isn't as entertaining as one would hope. In comparison to the majority of Heigl's other movies, it's slightly better than the others. The story is predictable and the cliché-riddled, by-the-numbers script is, at times, witty and smart.
Excerpt: I know it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover. And, conversely, a movie by its poster or Blu-Ray artwork. But I couldn’t help myself when One for the Money arrived. I don’t recall it being in theaters, but it looks relatively new. This tells me that it was either straight to video or not a very big hit at the box office. Most likely the latter.
Excerpt: One For The Money operates under the notion that its main character is likeable. Unfortunately, she’s not. She’s the type of impulsive woman that runs over ex-lovers with her car and runs over the audience’s good will with her bumbling and selfish approach to life. As the subject of nearly twenty best-selling Janet Evanovich novels, Stephanie Plum obviously has many positive qualities that make her extremely readable, but this adaptation of One For The Money doesn’t take...
Excerpt: The first novel in Janet Evanovich’s bestselling Stephanie Plum series has been in development as a film for nearly 20 years, which is apparently how long it took for everything to turn out horribly wrong. The casting of Katherine Heigl, one of the least-gritty actresses on the planet, as rough-and-tumble Stephanie Plum, a laid-off lingerie saleswoman who discovers a surprising aptitude for bounty hunting, isn’t the biggest problem with One For The Money , but it’s a...
Conclusion: One for the Money is an odd case of having a lot of winning attributes, but never really gelling into anything that is remotely as entertaining as it should be. Heigl is an appealing performer, and she does decent enough work here establishing Stephanie Plum's pluck as well as her inherent incompetence, but the scheme Stephanie is assigned to uncover never really bristles with danger or excitement the way it should.