TME Reviews:One for the Money

Posted: February 2, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, Reviews
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Reviewed By: Carol Sweda
Runtime: 106 mins.
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Julie Ann Robinson
Screenwriter: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguiziamo, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Monk
Genre: Action, Comedy
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity)

One for the Money is a movie based on the first of 16 books in a series the best selling mystery novels by Janet Evanovich. I personally am a new fan of Janet Evanovich being introduced to her novels just last year. I feel like I should have read these books after I read Nancy Drew books as a teen instead of in my 60’s. But no matter what your age there is enjoyment in every chapter.

Actors include” Katherine Heigl, as Stephanie Plum, Jason OMara as Joe Morelli ,Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur and Ranger played by Daniel Sunyata..So my friend Mark (the person who turned me on to the Stephanie Plum character) and I ventured out to see if the actors in the movie satisfied our perception of what the characters look like. That was honestly my biggest curiosity. Did the director cast these imaginary characters like we saw them in our heads.
Hit and miss is the answer. Katherine Heigl is NOT Stephanie Plum. Maybe too old for the part, with a bad jersey accent, dull brown dyed hair and little facial expressions. Too bad because I had trouble getting beyond her portrayal and it spoiled the movie. The Joe Morelli and Ranger characters where dead on, sexy, muscular, gorgeous men. Debbie Reynolds is no Betty White although she does shoot a cooked turkey at the dinner table.

The story is about a newly divorced newly fired Macy sales girl in need of money. Her car gets towed, in one of the first scenes so she needs work. As In every Jersey family there is a cousin Vinnie who owns a bail bondsman business and this Jersey girl goes to work for him. Armed with pepper spray and the hopes for some quick money (10% of $50,000) she goes after the Big one, who just happens to be her x high school one time. He is a cop on the run for murder. The adventures start and the book and movie appear to be similar although the director throws a character not rmentioned in the book. She spends a lot of time on the phone discussing Stephanie’s predicaments with her. But we had no idea who she was portraying. I don’t even think she had a name.
There is comedy, adventure, action, and a very comical shower scene. People were laughing at the right times in the theatre and you could tell that many were fans of Janet Evanovich novels.

I do think it got a bad rap from the movie critics. All I have to say to the critics is read the novels then critique. This isn’t War and Peace. It’s Nancy Drew all grown up. I rate it 4 stars out of 5.

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