Starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara & Daniel Sunjata
Directed by Julie Ann Robinson
On a snowy day in the streets of Toronto the day to day workforce that is en route or already at their respective jobs are anxiously counting the hours until they can punch out for the weekend and head out to the cinema to soak up the latest and greatest that the latest installment of new release Friday has to offer. Out today from our friends at eOne films, is a sassy action comedy based on a true story. Get ready for “One For The Money”.
“One For The Money” introduces us to one Stephanie Plum (Heigl) who simply can’t catch a break. At 30, she finds herself newly-divorced, recently laid-off, and living with her hamster in Trenton, N.J. Broke and desperate; she lands a job working for her slimy cousin and his bail bond business. In need of fast cash she latches on to his biggest case; a local cop (O’Mara) wanted for murder who just happens to be the guy that broke her heart in high school. Stephanie gets resourceful and tough, as she is swept up in a suspenseful world of murder, deceit, with a bit of romance.
Based on the bestselling novel by Janet Evanovich, “One For The Money” actually has a fun movie inside of it, but director Julie Anne Robinson may not have been the one to get it out. With an extensive background in television, she is serviceable if not forgettable storyteller as everything moved well enough but the film suffered from a poorly adapted script. With an identity crisis to boot, this film had the problem of not knowing if it was an action comedy or a chick flick leaning on several tired clichés used in both genres the script lagged from an overall lack of development in several areas. A clear case of a script reading better on paper than it did in the execution.
Katherine Heigl as our heroine actually had some potential as the sassy jersey girl looking to reinvent herself. She certainly has the looks and charisma to carry the screen as a leading lady but the underdeveloped script didn’t help her much. Jason O’Mara has her romantic and bounty hunting prey is fun enough but at this stage of his career is more of a TV leading man, and not a film leading man and can’t quite brings the same energy that Heigl does to the screen. The highlight of the cast was actually Daniel Sunjata best known from the show ‘Rescue Me’ as the mysterious tough guy bounty hunting mentor named ‘Hunter’ who would jump in and out of scenes (even when shot!) with a calm quiet cool and was the most interesting character in film, you could easily tailor an entire action comedy around his character and not Heigl’s.
Ultimately, “One For The Money” had some cute moments but it suffers from some poor casting and an underdeveloped script. Had it been a straight to DVD film, it would have been a moderately enjoyable renter, but at a full theatrical ticket price; the value just isn’t there.
2 out of 5 stars.
“One For The Money” is opens today at theatres across Toronto; click here for a list of show times near you.
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