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January 22, 2012
Review - " One For the Money "  -  (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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One For The Money
Director: Julie Anne Robinson
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Sherri Shepherd, Daniel
Sujata, Debbie Reynolds

When you mix gorgeous and clueless you get Stephanie Plum,
the broke and determined woman with a new job as a rookie
bounty hunter. Based on the best-selling novel by Janet
Evanovich, “One for the Money” — though by no means
amazing — was a pleasant surprise.

Knockabout crime lark starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie
Plum - the heroine of author Janet Evanovich's hard-boiled
book series - who goes from selling lingerie to catching bail-
skipping desperados. After training as a bounty hunter under
cool mentor Daniel Sunjata, her first assignment puts her on
the trail of a disgraced cop (Jason O'Mara) - who also happens
to be her first lover. The great Debbie Reynolds adds to the
hectic mix as Stephanie's dotty, pistol-packing grandma.

Plum is wonderfully portrayed by Katherine Heigl. Heigl went
from a bridesmaid with 27 dresses to a “Grey’s Anatomy”
doctor, and now to the sexy, not-so-smart bounty hunter. Heigl
usually plays the tough cookie, misunderstood gal, and this
movie proved no different.

At first, I did not think that Heigl was accurately portraying Plum.
The dorky character did not seem to fit Heigl’s strikingly good
looks. It turned out okay though, since she presented Plum as
oblivious, feeble, and untrained in the art of bounty hunting.
The Jersey girl Plum goes after wanted local cop, Joe Morelli, who also happens to be her old high school heartthrob. Morelli
is played by Jason O’Mara. Heigl and O’Mara complement each other well, throwing quirky dialog at each other and making
the movie humorous.

The movie starts out to appear as though it is strictly comedy, but it rolls into a combination of comedy, suspense, and
action. In fact, it was great that Heigl expanded her usual horizon of the romantic comedy protagonist. It was quite refreshing
for her to do an action. It played out like a mystery with a crime at hand to solve, with Plum stumbling her way from fact to
fact. She interacts with
various interesting with
several characters each
displaying their own comedic
role. So despite the
stereotypical character roles
and the unexceptional
plotline, it was pleasant.

While there were some bright
moments, it was not
particularly unique. It was
quite entertaining and
blissfully impractical. An
action comedy takes the plot
of the recent Jennifer Aniston
/ Gerard Butler vehicle The
Bounty Hunter, and reverses
the roles. Now granted, One
For The Money is not really a
particularly good movie but I
enjoyed it much more than
Bounty Hunter.