"Perfect Title for a Bad Movie"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(PaPa, B, C, Ho, LL, VV, NN, A, D, MM) Strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview with moral relativism and some light moral elements, some very light Christian references mostly in a comic context, including one to the Pope, and woman tells man running away that God will get him for what he did but man says, “Screw God!” but he gets back in his car and it explodes and woman thinks to herself, “Well, I told him,” plus one homosexual element where prostitutes say they don’t do lesbian things; at least 49 obscenities (no “f” words), 15 strong profanities, and one light profanity; lots of action violence and comic violence includes fistfights, kicking, gunplay kills a couple of villains and leaves heroine shot in her posterior, heroine slammed up against wall when encountering cage match fighter, man shot in chest; no depicted sex but strong sexual references includes several innuendoes, crude references to body parts and fornication (including a sexual liaison in high school), man handcuffs naked woman to shower after he enters her place, woman talks to prostitutes for information, and verbal reference to an unseen person being a “dominatrix”; brief partial side female nudity, rear male nudity when heroine apprehends an exhibitionist, lots of female cleavage, and upper male nudity; alcohol use and mention of people being drunk in the past; smoking in one scene and lead characters are out to catch heroin dealers who framed one of them; and, stealing, lying, deception, heroine adopts an ends justifies the means approach to being a bounty hunter, heroine has tense relationship with family, and bad guys have framed heroine’s old boyfriend with whom she had a falling out in high school because he dumped her after a one-night stand.
ONE FOR THE MONEY” is a perfectly titled movie, a cynical attempt at a comedic action film that fails on nearly every level. It has a strong pagan worldview in which anything goes to commit crimes as well as to catch the criminals.
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.