Movie Review: One for the Money (2012)
I enjoy comedies and I really wished that I could say I did with this movie, because it could have been so much better. A comedy is really dependent on the actor so much more than a drama, because it's not so much about the plot as it is about the delivery and for Katherine Heigl, her abilities as a comedic actor really have not developed enough to carry off this picture. I am aware that the movie is adapted from the first book of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries, lighthearted stories about an inexperienced and bumbling female bounty hunter who somehow manages to catch the real crook and save the day. Oddly, however, the movie comes off more as a comedy than a mystery/crime/suspense genre.
Stephanie Plum, is a down on her luck ex-Macy's lingerie department manager who has been downsized and has been unable to find a job. Her bills are piling up, they've repossessed her sportscar and she is about to be evicted from her apartment rental, when in desperation, she takes a job as a bounty hunter for her cousin's bail bonds business. Because she needs some quick money, she works on a case involving a rogue cop, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend, who killed a man and skipped bail. If she can bring in Joe Morelli, the rogue cop, a check for $50,000 will be made out to her. Plum, of course, still has some unresolved feelings for Morelli. From there Plum finds that the cop is involved in a sting operation gone bad and the hunt for the killer and the mastermind begins. Plum is dependent on the kindness of sympathetic cops, prostitutes, and assistants who help her with her finances, get out of dangerous situations and eventually leads her on the trail of the real criminals.
Katherine Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, and that is problematic. Plum is supposed to be a streetwise but naive Jersey girl who grew up in Trenton. However, Heigl is the executive producer of the movie, so she lands the plum role (I couldn't help it), and is totally inappropriate for the part. Her "Jersey girl" accent is non-existent. Everyone but her does a great job with the accent. In fact everyone but Heigl nails their respective part and makes up an interesting cast of characters. She comes off as an upper middle class preppy girl who somehow ends up in Trenton with a working class family and friends. Heigl needs to develop comedic timing and polish up her comedic acting. She has a distant, cold quality about her that hinders her likability factor. Heigl should take acting lessons from Debbie Reynolds who takes a turn as her rascally but endearing grandma Mazur. While watching the movie, I kept wishing a young Sandra Bullock, was playing Heigl's part. Morelli, played by Jason O'Mara, twinkles those blue eyes of his and is very appealing. Daniel Sunjata, is the male eye candy in the role of Ranger, a very experienced bounty hunter who helps out Stephanie Plum, and is worth watching. John Leguiziamo is a wasted talent in this movie. It's a harmless 90 minutes of movie watching but it's a lost 90 minutes.
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