Sunday, 27 May 2012

DVD Review - One For The Money

*Note - I have never read any of the books in this series, so I am reviewing the DVD as is.

Based on the fist Stephanie Plum novel, published in 1994, by bestselling author Janet Evanovich, Katherine Heigl steps into Plum's shoes as her life has been turned upside down when she become unemployed. With nowhere else to turn to, she takes a job at her cousin Vinnie's Bail Bond as a bail enforcement agent, aka a bounty hunter.

Her first assignment is to bring in a former vice cop Joe Morelli, who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend from high school. And she might have tried to hit him with a car. She is determined to bring him in, but in the process she stumbles upon the real killer.

I recall seeing a few advertisements early in the year for One For the Money, mostly with the funny dinner scenes with Debbie Reynolds. After being panned by critics, getting a 2% rating on, and flopping at the box-office, I had no intention of ever seeing this movie. I happened to stumbled upon the DVD last week for under fifteen dollars and I noticed Life on Mars's Jason O'Mara was in it, so I thought I would give it a try. With no expectations, I actually enjoyed the movie for what it is, an innocent fluff despite the short running time of 91 minutes. Katherine Heigl is adorable and has a sparkling chemistry with Jason O'Mara. Debbie Reynolds steals every scene she is in. Now this movie is never going to win any Oscars with its plot, which has several holes, a not-so-great villain and a predictable ending. At times the movie feels less like a theatrical release and more like a television pilot, where it probably would have been more successful. I wonder why it cost forty million to make this movie, the studio could have filmed it on a lower budget and I wouldn't have noticed the difference. Despite several flaws, I enjoyed the quirky characters.


  1. 99%exposure...following you through GFC as lucyatmax...pls return the follow at
    I've read the whole series of these books and although the movie was indeed cute, there was so much cut out from the books....Evanovich's writing is hilarious! Book was definitely better than the movie!

    Thanks, Beth

  2. @Beth Cutwright

    I figured the books were better than the movie. I have the first book on my Kindle. I bought the 13th in hardback at Wal-mart over the weekend, and I found several more in the series at a dollar store.


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