Katherine Heigl has turned into somewhat of a deal killer for me lately, she's been in some pretty bad movies. Watching the trailer for this one, I was expecting a pile of garbage.
Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, a woman who is down on her luck and out of a job. With the bills piling up, she starts working as a bounty hunter for her bail bondsman cousin, and soon becomes embroiled in a mysterious case involving an ex-lover of hers. It's up to Plum to keep one step ahead, brush up her skills and be ready to take everything the case throws at her.
Well, the movie doesn't start out too well, with cheesy music and a pretty terrible narration from Heigl. When they say it's based on the book I don't expect to hear the lead read excerpts from it, but that sure is the option they went with. There are some quirky characters scattered throughout, most are slightly annoying, but no one is particularly awful, if you don't count Heigl dropping in and out of her New Jersey accent willy nilly. The plot is actually quite dark in places, but it never stays there long, which is a shame, because it probably would've done better with less of the silly comedy.
But hey, I certainly didn't hate it. One For The Money actually managed to hold my attention through out. It's quite nicely paced, the story isn't as cheesy as the trailers and such make out. It's certainly got a few bad movie elements that could have so easily been avoided, but I can safely say it was enjoyable.
My rating: 3/5