There seem to somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanoich, plus some holiday novellas. God save us if One for the Money catches on. It’s the sort of movie that is hard to exactly dislike. It’s too inconsequential. Katherine Heigl, essentially charmless as ever, plays Stephanie Plum, a Jersey girl down on her luck. She’s just been divorced, she has no job, her car is about to be repossessed, and worst of all, she has to tell her parents. In fact, while she’s breaking the news to them, her car is towed off. Not to worry because movie eccentric Grandma Mazur (Debbie Reynolds) will hand over the keys to a gigantic boat of a Buick to her in a scene or so. In the meantime, Stephanie will blackmail her way into a bounty hunter job for her sleazy bail-bondsman cousin Vinne (Patrick Fischler). That’s the set-up. The real plot is all about Stephanie bringing in Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara), a cop with a murder rap hanging over him who jumped bail. Not only does his capture offer $50,000, but, you see, Stephanie gave Joe her virginity back in high school, then never called her. Since that must be about 16 years ago, it’s fair to say the girl holds a grudge — especially when we find out she’s already run over him once. All this, of course, means that Joe isn’t guilty (at least of murder) and that the story will turn into a case of proving his innocence amidst a lot of tepid suspense, less than scintillating comedy, tedious romantic bickering banter, and a lot of ogling the Heiglian cleavage. Great, it ain’t.
Director: Julie Anne Robinson
Writer: Liz Brixius and Janet Evanovich
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds, Debra Monk, Nate Mooney, Adam Paul and Fisher Stevens