Katherine Heigl’s ONE FOR THE MONEY Is A Fun Ride To New JerseyMay 15, 2012

Katherine Heigl’s ONE FOR THE MONEY Is A Fun Ride To New Jersey


On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: ONE FOR THE MONEY (Lionsgate).


In the illustrious words of Debbie Reynolds “Who wouldn’t enjoy a nice thong.”
By Kate Asche Wilson


If you’re in the mood for an Ang Lee inspired Academy Award nominee with a musical score that makes angels cry, and a script that Aaron Sorkin envies then turn back now. Go watch THE ENGLISH PATIENT on demand and cry by yourself in a corner. If, however, you enjoy Katherine Heigl and are willing to watch her transform from bumbling to badass in an hour and a half than ONE FOR THE MONEY is the perfect film for you.


(Courtesy of Lionsgate)

Based on Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel of the same name, ONE FOR THE MONEY follows stereotypical Jersey girl Stephanie Plum as she finds herself thrust into the seedy world of bounty hunters, rogue cops, and Asian stoners. Portraying our heroine is Katherine Heigl who has traveled far from the drama of “Grey’s Anatomy” and found herself in the deep abyss of awkward comedy. From brazen Judd Apatow films, to hidden rom-com gems Heigl has proven herself to be more than adept at headlining a film, and paves the way for Stephanie Plum to waltz into our lives.


(Courtesy of Lionsgate)

Stephanie Plum’s journey begins after securing herself a job at her cousin Vinnie’s Bail Bonds business. Plum unintentionally discovers that an ex-flame, Joe Morelli (played by the ridiculously charming Jason O’Mara), has skipped bail, and needs to be apprehended and detained. Lucky for her a little bit of blackmail goes along way. Unlucky for him, she holds a grudge. She sets off to track him down, picks up a curious array of supporting characters along the way, and discovers that, although Morelli is convicted of murder, there’s more to the story than meets the eye.


Now for the moment of truth. Let me parcel down my thoughts into the three categories that every film should be judged on: The good, the bad, and the hilariously inappropriate.

The Good: Katherine Heigl and Jason O’ Maras’s chemistry. No matter how cheesy the writing was these two somehow made it bearable. Honestly I don’t believe Katherine Heigl was the perfect fit for Stephanie Plum, but that woman can turn any situation into something quirky and fabulously awkward. Jason O’Mara was perfect as Joe Morelli, channeling his sexy badassery to the fullest extent. Trust me you want to watch this movie just to see him with his shirt off. I even stopped cringing at Heigl’s horrifying accent when they were on screen together. Now that’s a feat.


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The Bad:

What I found disappointing about this film was the fact that there was a complete disconnect between the story from the book and the story that appeared on screen. The brilliance in Evanovich’s writing is that the character of Stephanie Plum is completely average. She’s a newly divorced frizzy haired woman with car problems, an unhealthy diet, and a saucy attitude. The film did highlight some of her endearing nuances, but it didn’t capitalize on her potential. With more exploration and development the film might have been able to capture the heart of the characters that made Evanovich a bestselling author.


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The Hilariously Inappropriate: From gun toting grannies to sassy prostitutes the supporting characters were as inappropriate as they were hilarious. Playing Plum’s plucky Grandma Mazur is Debbie Reynolds.


Debbie Reynolds, are you serious?

Yes I am, and she shoots a chicken.


We then have the wonderful Sherri Shepherd that plays Lula, the sassiest prostitute this side of Brooklyn, who likes to give information in exchange for snacks. Prostitutes have to eat too Sherri; You go girl! Then we have a ranger whose name is Ranger (Daniel Sunjata) who is described as “like the statue of David by Michelangelo, if you dipped him in caramel”. And he really is.


(Courtesy of Lionsgate)

From the misplaced voice-overs to the exploding cars ONE FOR THE MONEY really does not take itself seriously, and doesn’t expect you to either. The brilliance of On Demand is that you can watch a movie like this without having to pay ridiculous movie prices, and if you absolutely hate it you can immediately go and put on THE ENGLISH PATIENT. ONE FOR THE MONEY is fun, light, and, at times, incredibly charming. It’s no masterpiece, but did you really expect it to be?




- Kate Asche Wilson


Kate Asche Wilson is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE!


ONE FOR THE MONEY (Lionsgate) is in your local cable movies on demand section.


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