One for the Money
Perfect Title for a Bad Movie
Starring: ** Perfect Title for a Bad
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Julie Anne Robinson
Executive Producer: Katherine Heigl, Andre Lamal,
Producer: Wendy Finerman, Sidney Kimmel,
Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg
Writer: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz
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Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films
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The story centers on Stephanie Plum (played by Katherine Heigl), a newly unemployed woman so financially desperate she takes a job as a bounty hunter to pay the bills. She finds that the highest reward – $50,000 – is out for an allegedly corrupt cop named Morelli. Since Morelli took her virginity at age 17 and then dumped her, Plum is eager to gain revenge by capturing him. Yet, when she does, he convinces her he’s innocent of the charges against him and the two team up to bring the real criminals to justice.
ONE FOR THE MONEY is a mess. It has a confusing plot that not only relies on near-constant voiceover narration by Heigl but also a big expository final speech by the main villain to make any sense. ONE FOR THE MONEY is also filled with every imaginable bad cliché known to man, with every character an over-the-top caricature and not one relatable human being. Heigl is relatively restrained in her lead role as Plum, but in reality it feels like she’s phoning it in. She’s especially flat in delivering her near-constant voiceover narration, making the viewers feel they are actually listening to an audiobook of the source novel rather than watching the movie. Add to that a plot so poorly delineated that the main villain has to give a clichéd “here’s what happened” speech straight out of a “Scooby-Doo” cartoon. There’s also an atrocious blues score that sounds like the same 20 seconds played on a continuous loop no matter what type of scene is taking place.
There’s a surprising profusion of foul language in this PG-13 comic action thriller. ONE FOR THE MONEY also has a strong pagan, slightly mixed worldview, where anything goes to commit crimes as well as to catch the criminals. Extreme caution is advised.
ONE FOR THE MONEY is a mess. It’s confusing plot relies on near-constant narration by the heroine and a big expository final speech by the main villain to make any sense. ONE FOR THE MONEY is also filled with every imaginable bad cliché known to man. There’s a surprising profusion of foul language in this PG-13 comic action thriller. A string of sexual references and innuendo doesn’t help. ONE FOR THE MONEY also has a strong pagan, slightly mixed worldview, where anything goes to commit crimes as well as catch criminals. Extreme caution is advised.