One for the Money (film)
|One for the Money|
|Directed by||Julie Anne Robinson|
|Produced by||Sidney Kimmel
|Screenplay by||Liz Brixius
Karen McCullah Lutz
|Based on||One for the Money
by Janet Evanovich
|Music by||Deborah Lurie|
|Editing by||Lisa Zeno Churgin|
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
|Running time||91 minutes|
One for the Money is a 2012 comedy film based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Janet Evanovich. Directed by Julie Anne Robinson, the screenplay was written by Liz Brixius, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. It stars Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Debbie Reynolds, Daniel Sunjata and Sherri Shepherd.
The film was largely panned by critics and did not recoup its $40 million budget at the box office.
Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl), out of work and out of cash, desperately asks disreputable cousin Vinnie (Patrick Fischler) for work in his Bail Bonds business. Despite no training or equipment, she starts as an enforcement agent to catch his highest return bail jumper. Joe Morelli (Jason O'Mara), a former vice-squad cop now wanted for murder, took her virginity and dumped her back in high school. She insists her primary motive is 'for the money', 10% of a half-million bond, but the pursuit is personal.
During the chase, Stephanie also has to deal with her family, harmed witnesses, and lessons in bounty hunting from the more experienced Ranger (Daniel Sunjata). Through her personal knowledge of Joe, luck, and determination, she tracks him down. But she has no clue how to capture and turn him in, so he just drives away.
Joe secretly protects her from violent boxer Ramirez (Gavin-Keith Umeh) in dangerous Stark Street. Her cousin in the police force tells her that Joe is believed to have shot an unarmed man, and a possible witness is missing. She breaks into Joe's apartment and liberates his vehicle to drive around and lure him out. Instead, he breaks into her apartment for his keys and to confront her.
Although he fails, each encounter inflames their attraction. Joe asks for her help, to meet her contacts. Realizing the case against him does not add up, she agrees.
Following one last clue and suspect leads them to a marina, and dead bodies: the suspect, another in a refrigerator truck, and the missing witness in a barrel. They subdue Ramirez, but his manager Jimmy Alpha (John Leguizamo), reveals himself to be the controlling villain. Stephanie kills the manager, and traps Joe in the back of the truck.
She drives the truck to the police station, turns in Joe and claims the bounty. A recorded confession by the manager and re-discovered missing evidence clear him. He goes to Stephanie's apartment and they reconcile.
- Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum
- Jason O'Mara as Joseph Morelli
- Sherri Shepherd as Lula
- Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur
- Daniel Sunjata as Ricardo "Ranger" Carlos Manoso
- Patrick Fischler as Vinnie Plum
- John Leguizamo as Jimmy Alpha
- Ana Reeder as Connie Rossoli
- Gavin-Keith Umeh as Benito Ramirez
- Ryan Michelle Bathe as Jackie
- Nate Mooney as Eddie Gazarra
- Debra Monk as Mrs. Plum
- Louis Mustillo as Mr. Plum
- Annie Parisse as Mary Lou
- Fisher Stevens as Morty Beyers
- Danny Mastrogiorgio as Lenny
- Leonardo Nam as John Cho
In an October 2010 interview, author Janet Evanovich stated that TriStar Pictures had purchased the rights to her novel thirteen years previously, and the film had been in development hell since that time. When asked about the status of the movie, Evanovich commented, "Hard to believe they've been sitting on this multi-million dollar franchise for all these years but go figure." In February 2010, Variety announced that Katherine Heigl had been cast to play Stephanie Plum. In April 2010, Lions Gate Entertainment announced that they had acquired distribution rights, would co-produce with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment (which had acquired the rights from Columbia), and Julie Anne Robinson (The Last Song) would direct.
The film adaptation was produced by Tom Rosenberg for Lakeshore Entertainment, with Katherine Heigl playing the role of Stephanie Plum. The production was shot in metropolitan Pittsburgh from July to early September 2010. Principal photography began the week of July 12, 2010, in the borough of Ambridge in suburban Beaver County, and continued in six different locations in the town. Pittsburgh's Central Northside neighborhood as well as the recently shuttered UPMC facility in the inner suburb of Braddock, doubled for the book's setting of Trenton, New Jersey, neighborhoods and government buildings. Establishing shot of bridge overlooking Trenton, New Jersey was filmed in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
A. O. Scott of the New York Times gives the film a score of 1/5 describing Debbie Reynolds’s performance as Stephanie’s grandmother as the one mildly interesting thing about the film. Otherwise he criticized the film for "lackadaisical pacing, by-the-numbers performances, irritating music and drab visual texture" and he calls it part of "the cultural decline of cinema" where in the past he would have compared it to a bad made for TV movie, but nowadays television is better than the mediocrity of this film. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone confesses to enjoying mysteries, and says Janet Evanovich "hit paydirt" when she created the character of Stephanie Plum, but criticizes the screenwriters for sucking "the Evanovich talent and energy from every syllable of dialogue" and calls the direction clueless, and says that Evanovich deserved better. He criticizes Heigl as "blazingly miscast" and the casting of Irish actor O'Mara as an Italian cop. Travers gives the film zero stars out of four.
Despite the poor reception, author Janet Evanovich was delighted with how the movie turned out and did some joint interviews with Katherine Heigl to promote the film. Evanovich stated that she would now envision Heigl as Stephanie when writing the character.
Box office 
The film debuted at #3 behind The Grey and Underworld: Awakening with $11.5 million on its opening weekend. One for the Money grossed $26.4 million in North America and $10.4 million globally to a total of $36.8 million worldwide, below its $40 million budget.
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