One For The Money was roundly derided by critics upon its theatrical release. And as someone who's been a fan of Janet Evanovich's books about Stephanie Plum for quite a while now (Explosive Eighteen and counting), I'm here to say that's mightily unfair – because One For The Money is a pretty decent adaptation.
New Jersey-girl Plum (Heigl) is a former Macy's lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter, who is on the trail of rogue cop and former high school sweetheart Joe Morelli (O'Mara). Of course, as a bounty hunter, Steph makes a great lingerie buyer. She has no actual law enforcement skills to speak of, and she's terrified of using her gun.
heigl is actually terrific n the role of Plum – she captures the character's sassiness perfectly. However, three of the other main roles are somewhat miscast. As Italian cop Morelli, O'Mara doesn't quite match the man as written by Evanovich. Ditto Sunjata as fellow bounty hunter Ranger, who talks a lot more in this film than he does in the books, where he's a man of few words. And while its great to see Reynolds back on the screen, she just lacks the kookiness of Grandma Mazur that leaps of the page of the novels.
Still, the film sticks as closely as possible to the original story, there's plenty of action, laughs and romance and fans of the Plum novels will find enough here to enjoy.
EXTRAS ★★ The behind-the-scenes featurette Making The Money (11:00); a gag reel (2:35); and a deleted scene (0:45).