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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 c... read more read more...ash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding 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. -- (C) Lionsgate

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DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012

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  • March 22, 2013
    Ermahgerd. I'd rather take a bath in propane surrounded by a buncha tiki torches, ya know? Full review at
  • August 4, 2012
    It was sweet ,I didn't find it that boring as the Critics said it's pretty good but just one time watch.
  • July 28, 2012
    I think it's about time we all conduct an intervention for actress Katherine Heigl, whatever it takes to stop her from starring, and producing, such middling junk like One for the Money. Heigl plays a novice bounty hunter, a Jersey girl on hard times who is tracking down her ex-b... read moreoyfriend for a big payday. Yes, it's essentially a gender reversal of the loathsome Jennifer Anniston movie, The Bounty Hunter, but at least this movie doesn't foster a forced romance. I give the movie some credit for presenting two potential love interests for Heigl and by film's end she's still on her own. Bravo. The rest of the movie, however, is all strictly by the book, including the colorful characters that Heigl seems to collect. One for the Money isn't particularly funny or particularly good. It also isn't particularly offensive; it's just the standard pap you expect from Heigl at this point. Here's a confession: I really, truly enjoy Heigl as an actress. She's terrific at comedy and has star-power charisma, and even in junk she's still effortlessly enjoyable to watch. This woman has talent, she just doesn't have taste when it comes to picking movie roles. Or maybe she's content with churning out a mediocre rom-com every year or so for her fans. I just wish Heigl would gain some confidence and bounce from the ghetto of rom-coms, or at least poorly written, blandly formulaic ones. She's taken the rom-com crown that once belonged to Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Sandra Bullock, but look to them as example. You will have to adapt or die, because eventually Hollywood will find the next Katherine Heigl and supplant the old one.

    Nate's Grade: C
  • June 24, 2012
    Kind of liked it, even though it's not a great movie. I thought they kept it fairly close to the book (though was relieved they kept Stephanie out of the oversized t shirts and Lycra pants!). The Ramirez attack parts were played down and not as scary as in the book, actually bits... read more of it missing.
    I thought Katherine Heigl did a good job as Stephanie. Having read the book, I think she got her across well.
    I think this movie didn't do so well, so doubt there will be more, though it has renewed my interest in reading more of the series. The book has good characters, as does the movie, which is why I think the flat story works okay.
    Not a bad adaptation.
  • June 16, 2012
    Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Monk, Nate Mooney, Patrick Fischler, Ana Reeder

    Director: Julie Anne Robinson

    Summary: Janet Evanovich's spunky heroine, Stephanie Plum, is adrift after getting a divor... read morece and losing her job. To make ends meet, she becomes a bounty hunter, with her first big case revolving around a high school boyfriend who may be falsely accused.

    My Thoughts: "An OK movie. I thought it had some good moments, but not enough. Funny in some spots and cheesy in others. But I think Katherine Heigl did the character Stephanie Plum justice. But the problem with the movie is that it dragged in more ways then one. Some of the characters were annoying and it got to be a bit slow. So not great but not awful either. Kat and Jason O'Mara had great chemistry on screen so that made it fun. But nothing too great to get me to come back and watch this a second time around."
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    May 25, 2012
    In the world of romantic comedies there are good,bad,and ugly. Sure some can be great,but overall if a romantic comedy is good,it's usually just that, good. "One for the Money" falls hard in the ugly category. Stephanie Plum(Kathriene Heigl) is out of a job and in need of mone... read morey,so she takes a job working as a bounty hunter. Her first case is finding and bring in her ex(joe, Jason O' Mara),who happens to be a cop accused of murder. Along the way, he tries to prove his innocence,she tries to collect her bount, and all sorts of wacky hijinks occur. First, Heigl is horrible in this. Her accent changes, her character is both stupid and boring, and she is much better looking as a blonde. Joe, her male counterpart is boring, a bad actor, and he's too much of a tool to like. The action is poorly directed,and really I can't think of anything good to say about this. My wife fell asleep,and I doubt she will lose any sleep if she doesn't finish this. Do yourself a favor and skip this crap, you can do much better for your money.
  • April 15, 2012
    She's looking for a few not-so-good men.

    Not so great. The movie is kinda boring and the plot really is nothing to die for. This is not Katherine Heigl best film and I think her status as an actress is going downhill and i'm not talking about her beauty.

    Jersey girl Stephanie ... read morePlum after losing her job, is broke. Needing a job she is told that her cousin, a bail bondsman, needs someone to help out in the office. But all he has are skip tracers. She learns that Joe Morelli, a guy she knew intimately years ago, is one of them. She eventually finds him but wasn't really prepared so he gets away. Another bounty hunter, Ranger tries to teach her. Eventually she finds him again but he claims he is innocent of the crime he is accused of and he is trying to prove his innocence. Eventually Stephanie thinks he's telling the truth so she stakes out the person who can help him but she only finds herself in trouble and Morelli saves her. She tries to find someone who can prove his innocence but problem is shortly after meeting with them they're killed or attacked.
  • February 9, 2012
    This is an entertaining movie and Heigel is perfect as Stephanie Plum. Okay, official critics, it's not Citizen Kane, but it isn't pretending to be...can't you see the difference between art and entertainment? Nice to see a movie where the women is the hero!
  • February 1, 2012
    This is what you get when Gerard Butler passes on your film. I hated "One for the Money" the first time when it was called "Bounty Hunter".

    This beloved Janet Evanovich novel was horribly adapted for the big screen by the writing team of Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray and Lix Brix... read moreius and directed in an edit first ask questions later fashion by Julie Anne Robinson (The Last Song). Starring Katherine Heigl (Knocked up) in her worst role since "The Ugly Truth", and two other actors nobody has ever heard of, Jason O'Mara and Daniel Sunjata, this film centers around an unemployed woman named Stephanie Plum, who goes to work for her incestuous cousin as a bounty hunter. And lo and behold her first assignment is to trail a local cop turned fugitive, whom we discover Stephanie had a one night stand with in High School. Sounds like a set up for your run of the mill chick-flick, romantic comedy right? Well, while on paper "One for the Money" does have potential, one of the biggest problems with this movie is how (about five minutes in) audiences will notice how it seems as if there was tons of back-story that while severely germane to the plot and the events throughout, is never addressed, giving viewers the feeling as if they had walked into the theater mid-movie (or that "One for the Money" is a sequel of some sorts). For example: Random characters seem to come in and out of this movie as if the we are supposed to know who these people are; from a woman Stephanie talks to on the phone throughout the film who is never formally introduced, to a rapist and a fight promoter, who are both pivotal to the climax of the film, but are in all of two scenes a piece.

    More problems: On a purely entertainment level, "One for the Money" gets to the point where once the exposition is exhausted, and we know everyone's name (after the first fifteen minutes) audiences are forced to sit thought Katherine Heigl nonchalantly collecting evidence, flirting with the two male leads, talking with prostitutes and dealing with her eccentric family. While all of that sounds better than said bounty hunter storyline, it's not! As I said before, the potential for a decent storyline could have been achieved, if not for a countless number of undeveloped supporting characters, as well as multiple plotlines with no beginning or end. Suffice to say, the meat of this story comes off as quite boring, unnecessary and at times confusing. Another aspect of the film that is majorly flawed is the characters Stephanie interacts with. They are so one-dimensional, that when something bad happens to the strange pothead Asian character or the prostitute character is left for dead, NOBODY CARES. Why? Because audiences are not allowed to form any sort of connection to anyone on-screen because of some awful character development.
    It isn't like "One for the Money" has any raunchy scenes that may upset the older crowd, or overtly violent scenes that may upset the rom-com (romantic comedy) crowd, or a lot of jokes about feminine hygiene that may upset the male crowd, BUT maybe it should have because this is truly the type of film that while things happen, none of the events are of any memorable significance. And I haven't even addressed the fact that this comedy isn't funny at all (another aspect I blame fully on the writing) or how the film is drenched with obnoxious Jersey-isms that get tired real quick. At the end of the day, if you haven't read any of the Stephanie Plum books in the Evanovich series, then you will not know (or care) about what is going on, if you like romantic comedies, you really will find it hard to see any kind of chemistry with anybody in the love triangle between Heigl, O'Mara and Sunjata (due to some fairly forgettable dialogue) and if you are a fan of Heigl, even you will be shocked at how easily she slips in and out of her alleged "Jersey" accent.

    Final Thought: Even if you think you know what you are getting with "One for the Money" because you are a fan of the book series, you will inevitably be disappointed with the treatment of the source material. Furthermore, it may or may not (depending on whether or not you have seen the movie) upset audiences to discover that "One for the Money" more than likely will be the first and last of the Stephanie Plum series to be adapted to the big screen, simply because of the negative box office return it is more than likely to receive. So, because this is the type of film I am talking about when I make brash statements such as: "it is a shame that there are so few good roles for women nowadays", skip "One for the Money".

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  • January 29, 2012
    Unexceptional but enjoyable comedy drama is missing much of a punch but moves along briskly. Heigl is adequate in the lead but lacks a certain grittiness that the part calls for. Debbie Reynolds is sassy as the grandmother

Critic Reviews

Nick Schager
January 30, 2012
Nick Schager, Time Out New York

An avalanche of grating big-hair-and-bad-accent New Joisey caricatures. Full Review

Sheri Linden
January 30, 2012
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

An ungainly mix of flat-footed gumshoeing and strained attempts at hilarity, all delivered with an unconvincing Joizy vibe. Full Review

Mark Feeney
January 28, 2012
Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

The movie has the by-the-numbers efficiency of a decent TV series, and about as much flavor. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
January 27, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

There have been notable exceptions, but Heigl tends to imbue her characters with an off-putting mix of insecurity and abrasiveness. This film is a prime example. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
January 27, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

I guess I can't call the movie sexist as it was largely produced, directed and written by women. So I'll settle for calling it dull, corny and amateurish instead. Full Review

A.O. Scott
January 27, 2012
A.O. Scott, New York Times

There is action of a sort -- a car blows up, shots are fired -- and what might pass for witty, sexy banter to someone who once overheard a conversation about an episode of Moonlighting. Full Review

Sam Adams
January 27, 2012
Sam Adams, AV Club

Heigl's comic timing is solid, and she knows her limitations well enough, but there's a hollowness at the movie's center, right where Heigl's heart should be. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
January 27, 2012
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Imagine an Elmore Leonard movie scripted by a bad Nora Ephron imitator, and you'll have an idea of how dead-in-the-Jersey-water it is. Full Review

Melissa Anderson
January 27, 2012
Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

Punitively dull. Full Review

Peter Travers
January 27, 2012
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Everything in One for the Money rings cringingly false. Full Review

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    • Stephanie Plum: He looks like Michelangelo dipped the statue of David in caramel and strapped some heat on him.
    • Stephanie Plum: Sure, I saw an old guy's twig and berries. But at least is bought me a meal that didn't come in a Lunchables box.
    • Joe Morelli: We're ancient history! Like the pyramids, baby!
    • Joseph Morelli: Catch me if you can Cupcake!
    • Stephanie Plum: I'm naked.
    • Ranger: I'm on my way.
    • Connie: How are you with the lowlife?
    • Stephanie Plum: Damn skippy!

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