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Plot: Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past. Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 27 Jan 2012
Plum time it made it to the big screen!!!!! (by KerryLZ1974)
Loved the movie! Wasn't sure if I was going to be thrilled with the actors that they picked since I have read all the books, including the novellas, in the Stephanie Plums series. I have to say I really enjoyed the movie. I think they did a great job with transferring the book into the movie and I can't wait for more or a TV series. Katherine Heigel did a really great job as Stephanie Plum. The action was non-stop just like in the books along with the comedy. I thought they also did an impressive job of casting Vinnie, Connie and Lula. These are key characters and not just any actor <more>
would do to the Plum fans. Even if you haven't read the books I think this movie would be very enjoyable with the action, mystery and comedy.
Just one question: When is the next Stephanie Plum movie coming out??? As a reader of all 18 J. Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, I feel as tho I know a little about the characters. Those who want to pan Katherine as Stephanie should be ashamed -- she is excellent in the lead role and definitely shows chemistry with Joe.It was fun watching the characters come to the screen after having them imagined for so long............I did picture grandma as Estelle Getty in Golden Girls but Debbie Reynolds has good comedy timingI now have my significant other listening to the books on tape and he <more>
thoroughly enjoyed the movie. We have already recommended it to several friends.We can hardly wait for further movies when Lula and Stephanie are doing their thing with FTA's, jelly donuts, and Cluck in a Bucket
Heigl nailed the character as written by Evanovich -- but the critics won't like it. (by robergoliard)
This is an entertaining chick-flick, not a tear-jerking critically acclaimed movie, based on Evanovich's Jersey-based character Stephanie Plum. I believe that it will be a commercial success, liked by audiences. but it will be panned by the critics. Heigl and her director Robinson have nailed the character as written by Evanovich, a slightly manic always optimistic young divorce with a need for junk food and a busted bank account. More Hepburn than Jolie, Heigl has made a name for herself playing roles that straddle the line between sassy and insecure, and that is exactly how Evanovich <more>
wrote Plum in book 1. She subtly shows Plum's "scared to the panties" but dealing with it attitude that is critical to the internal workings of the character. Robinson and Heigl wisely chose to follow the book showing Plum only mildly interested in the the 2 male leads, giving subtle hints of romance to come, rather than rewriting the character to follow the standard Hollywood need for heat. -- Yes, I know it gets better in later books,but hopefully we get to see that in movie sequels 2 or 3.In my opinion, that is exactly why the critics won't like it. No tear-jerking emotion, no heat between the male and female leads, quirky characters in a story that meanders around until the slam bang ending. Actually that makes it quite like a number of French romance movies I've recently seen, so it is not a bad formula. Generically that makes this movie one that most American romance junkies will embrace, and one that American critics won't get.Book fans will note that the ending is compressed, but the movie adaptation is faster-paced than the book, leading to a cleaner climax and denouement that just works better in a visual medium like the movies. Overall, "One for the Money" is simply good entertainment and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good film that has mystery/action/romance. 8/10 stars for overall entertainment, and 10/10 stars for successful adaptation.
Long time Stephanie Plum fan loves the movie (by etienne-reynard)
One for the Money reviewed 9 out of 10 bags of popcorn.Having read all eighteen of the Stephanie Plum books, a few of them more than once, it is safe to say that I am a big fan of the series, even though SP16 was a little disappointing and SP17 was a huge letdown. In any case, I went to the multiplex with a clear vision in my mind of how the characters should look, act and interact. This is the first movie that I've actually gone to a theater to see in at least two years. Sadly, the director seems to belong to what I call the 'mumble school of filmmaking', and the dialogue was <more>
very hard to follow at times. And no, that's not just my aged ears reacting because the forty-three-year-old I saw it with had a hard time hearing it as well. Best of all, we are in Orlando at the moment, with some dead time on our hands, and went to an early bird special for $5 per head. These days that's a bargain.The movie worked. The chemistry between Plum and Morelli was obvious on screen. Morelli had a nice lithe but tightly muscular body with a well-proportioned butt. Too bad about those disgusting tattoos, but that too, was probably in character. Lula the street 'ho' was perfectly cast, as were Stephanie's cousin Vinnie and the girl in the bail bond office who Janet Evanovich describes as carrying most of her weight in her chest. Stephanie's parents were well done, and Debbie Reynolds was a pleasant surprise as Grandma Mazur. I'd always pictured Grandma as sort of wizened and shriveled sort of like the Nanny's grandmother , and Reynolds at a couple of months shy of eighty didn't quite fit my preconceived image. That being said Reynolds has a flair for comedy, and it worked. The only disappointment was the casting of Ranger, hence the one bag deduction. Ranger was believable, but a little too personable, and maybe even a tad too verbose. Ranger in the books didn't talk a lot, and could put a whole sentence into one word when he looked at Stephanie and said, "Babe." The characters sounded like New Jersey residents and the row houses they lived in looked authentic.Oh, and the 1953 Buick that Stephanie frequently borrows from the family is now a huge Buick from the 70s or 80s, but that worked quite nicely.My partner and I are both looking forward to the next Stephanie Plum movie, assuming this one does well enough at the box office to justify the production.
I didn't read the book, but I found this movie to be quite good and amusing. There were some parts of the movie where they could have done better, but I didn't have high expectancies about the movie... Now, after watching it, I realize that I liked it a lot and I was laughing all the time... Katherine Heigl, who played Stephanie Plum, did her job very well, even though the director was not so good... She promises to be an excellent actress if she can find a good role... Jason O'Mara is the archetype of the "american cop went bad", tough, but who can be melted by a <more>
determined woman... The worked well together, the result was better than I expected and the movie might be a good way to relax.I was disappointed by John Leguizamo, who is a great actor and who started playing in second hand movies. I don't understand why... On the other hand, I was surprised by Debbie Reynolds, who stared as Grandma Mazur and who was a breath of fresh air in the movie, with a lot of humor and cynicism, she was one of my favorite characters in the movie. If you don't have great expectancies from this movie, you will find it amusing and, maybe, you will relax for 91 minutes...
I have not read any of the books in the series but my wife has. I enjoyed the movie as well did my wife. My wife did think they could have cast the cop with a person that more closely aligned to the character in the book but all in all she enjoyed the movie. I hope they do all 18+ books before Katherine ages too much. I like all the actors in the movie. Then they could slowly release the movies over time. I highly recommend the movie for someone that wants to enjoy a good crime / love thing.One other thing, my wife says it gets even better as they develop each one of the characters we have <more>
I just saw the movie. I admit, I do not go to the movie theatre very often, but this was worth the money. It is a soft comedy movie and I thought both the script and the delivery were performed very well. My wife who read the book series thought that Carlos the ranger should have been hotter. I thought he delivered the role convincingly. If you are expecting a Bruce Willis action flick-this is not it. If you are expecting Jenna Elfman, you will be out of luck. Kathrine played it straight and to the point. The pace was rapid and the scenes were captured realistically good editing. The <more>
events in the movie are engineered to appeal to the ladies. It did. My wife really liked the film. I admit, I enjoyed it. I would recommend this film.Congratulations to the cast and crew. This film is one in the win column and will no doubt be shown repeatedly on TV in the future with audiences taking time to watch it again and again.Regards, Matt
The movie was cute but the technical adviser should be fired. As a Bail Bondsman for over 15 years, here are some things that were stupid. Warrants for bail jumpers are not DEAD OR ALIVE. That went out over 100 years ago. Secondly....the character used a 5 SHOT revolver, but the two shooting scenes were ridiculous. At the shooting range, the 5 shot revolver fired TWELVE ROUNDS!Then you have the scene where she shoots the bad guy and fired SEVEN ROUNDS! As you can see these technical flaws really made the movie CHEEZY. I would really love to see a sequel, but get your facts and reality <more>
straight. The overall movie was entertaining. I have have always enjoyed the actress' work. She is very talented and stunning to watch. If you decide to do a sequel, then use a real bail bondsman and bail enforcement agent for your technical advisers.
Having been disappointed by more books-cum-movies than I care to admit, I have to say all in all this one didn't do too bad. Yeah, there were some minor differences, but even Harry Potter got those and they're still good flicks. I was only mildly disappointed that in the interest of film time that they changed the end and she didn't shoot Jimmy Alpha through her purse, but I knew some things would be different. Like poor Blue the Buick. Blue is impervious to everything but paint and they violated it ;- And Ramirez never really got to show just how freakily nuts he is. I mean in <more>
the books he is CREEPY! In the movie you just get the sense that he's a bully.Casting? Meh. Was never overly thrilled with the casting, and I've been keeping up with it for a long time. Debbie Reynolds definitely doesn't look like a soup chicken, I'm still trying to envision this particular Ranger in future incarnations turning anyone's knees to jelly by saying "Babe", and Morelli needed brown eyes. Catherine Heigl was never my first or even in the running choice for Stephanie, but anyone I would have chosen is by now too old for the part anyway. And knowing that she has a love for the books and was pushing for as close to written as possible, I'll learn to love her as my favorite bumbling bounty hunter. Sherri Shepherd though?? Dang. She nailed Lula as best as possible during the translation. I just really want to see her running down the street with a bag of bacon and a pack of dogs chasing her.After being disappointed by such things as Percy Jackson, The Golden Compass, Twilight saga , and The Dark Half just for their absolute disregard for the actual books, I'd say One for the Money gets at least an 8. You have to remember, the first book wasn't overly funny, but it does introduce you to all of the characters and sets the stage for the next 21 books. Now if they keep doing these and I'm not laughing hysterically by book movie #4, then I'll have a major disappointment. But as long as they're keeping them as close to the books as humanly possible, I'll keep going and spending my $$ on them.By the way there were 5 of us that went to the very first showing at our local theater today... All of us adore the books, and we all walked away with the same opinion of the flick so it can't be that bad. We'll all own the DVD when it comes out, and chances are good we'll all re-read the books again too.