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One For The Money

by Padraic Maroney
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday May 15, 2012
One For The Money

For every successful literary film adaptation there are three that fail to make the transition properly from page to screen. "One for the Money" is a film that just never finds its footing and wastes any potential that Janet Evanovich's popular book series may have had at becoming movie franchise.

Katherine Heigl takes on Evanovich's beloved character Stephanie Plum in "One for the Money." The film sets up Plum as bounty hunter on the trail of an ex, who is on the run after being falsely accused of murdering an unarmed man. Thrills, laughs and sexual chemistry are supposed to ensue, but the puzzle pieces never quite fit together properly.

The producers appear to have put more creativity into the special features than they did trying to make a movie worth watching. "Bond Girls: Kicking Ass in the Bail Bonds Industry" is a featurette showing real life women working in the bail bonds industry. Detailing what life is like for these women, "Bond Girls" feels like a fun reality show pilot stuffed with a cast of zany characters.

An alternate closing scene, giving more closure to the romantic storyline, is included. It's a throwaway scene, but is a nice bit to be included here. This deleted scene features heavily in the gag reel. If the bloopers are watched first, seeing the discarded closing's footage will leave you confused. But the gag reel contains more laughs in three minutes than the entire film has to offer.

"One for the Money" as a film suffers from a lack of chemistry between the leads and a miscast Heigl. The DVD package offers some nice features to this otherwise throwaway movie that isn't really worth the money.

One For The Money


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