One For The Money (2012)

Recent divorcee Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is an unemployed ex-salesperson disappearing beneath mounting debts. Desperate for money, she takes a job as a bounty hunter at her cousin’s bail-bond business. When her first assignment sees her on the trail of a wanted police officer with prickly romantic ties to her past, Stephanie sets out to get revenge by turning him over to the authorities. With Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara) out to prove his innocence and an ever-growing list of suspicious circumstances to consider, however, it might not be as easy as she first imagined.

You can almost see Katherine Heigl’s thought process as she struggles needlessly through Julie Anne Robinson’s One For The Money with an unruly Jersey accent (thanks, Wikipedia) and a resolutely humourless script. New hair, new Katherine Heigl. That’s how it works, right? Not that it’s actually that much of a stretch for the actress; simply combine her role in The Killers as a make-shift special agent with the chronic lack of laughs elicited by every other film that she has ever made (and in The Killers, actually) and hey presto: you have Stephanie Plum.

In fact, rather than reinventing herself as a serious actress who can solve crimes and address people by their last names, Heigl somehow leaves you pining for the simpler days of her trademark pratfalls and plucky do-gooders. Shot as some sort of gritty drama and bursting at the plot holes with relative unknowns, the pressure is on Heigl to carry the movie in a way that she has rarely been required to before. She is jarringly miscast as a bad-ass bounty hunter, her occasional lapses into cutesy characterisation and slapdash slapstick doing little to settle the film’s tone.

As it is, One For The Money is simply boring; tedious, even. As she pieces together a narrative that the audience has long since given up on,, before it is explained to her once more for good measure, attention is inevitably drawn to the ridiculous dialogue (“I like your hair, it really suits your personality”), repetitive score and the excruciating supporting ensemble (Debbie Reynolds is quite simply insufferable as Stephanie’s kooky gran). There is no relief throughout, the dramatic highlights limited to a sequence in which Heigl is handcuffed to a shower rail and the ludicrous finale that sees the newly serious actress (did I mention the darker hair colour?) shot square in the backside.

In the end, my favourite thing about One For The Money was that I had the entire screen to myself. Or at least it was until I realised I was in fact longing for the merciful distraction of talkative teens and impossibly loud eaters.

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About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

One Response to One For The Money (2012)

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