One for the Money (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am


Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is at the lowest point of her life. She's divorced, and her debts are piling up. In an attempt to turn her life around, she becomes a bounty hunter.

Her first job is to bring murder suspect Joe Morelli (Jason O'Mara) to the police. He happens to be her ex-boyfriend. She will then receive part of his bail money and can use it to pay her bills. But as she looks into the case, Stephanie realises Joe may have been wrongly accused. She makes a deal with him and decides to help prove his innocence.

An adaptation of the first book of Janet Evanovich's popular series of novels, One for the Money is a combination of comedy and thriller.

Although it's formulaic, the film uses black humour well and gives the audience an unusual experience in the way it mixes jokes with tragic events.

But the problem is the movie fails to build suspense. It almost feels like it begins and ends without anything actually happening - except for some laughs. It also fails miserably in developing the villains' characters. Most of them just show up for one scene and then disappear.

If you are looking for something to laugh at on DVD, One for the Money could be a weekend time-killer, but whether it's worth paying to see it on the big screen is another matter.

Contains mature subject matter