For people who aren’t in love with every romantic comedy to hit theatres, seeing Katherine Heigl’s name attached to a movie generally generates groans. Taking a slight sidestep from her usual comedic endeavours, Heigl takes on a grittier role as lingerie saleswoman, turned bounty hunter in One for the Money.
In this movie, Stephanie Plum (Heigl) takes on the difficult task of tracking down an old fling who is charged with murder.
While this shows incredible similarities to 2010’s dreadful Bounty Hunter, there are a number of differences that elevate this movie to more than a cheesy romantic comedy.
Stephanie Plum’s character gets a good amount of development without too much suspended disbelief as her character deals with the bad guys. Director Julie Anne Robinson takes on her second film and she managed to balance the characters well, even if there was a slight excess of sexual interactions among them – Particularly between Heigl and Jason O’Mara, whose chemistry felt weak.
In the Blu Ray + DVD combo pack, they have included some entertaining special features to accompany the solid audio and visual presentation of the film. The special features include a mundane making of featurette Making the Money: Behind the Scenes, a very interesting short documentary Bond Girls: Kicking Ass in the Bail Bond Industry, a short funny Gag Reel, a deleted scene, and the trailer.
Overall, I’m thinking no one will praise this as a great film, but as a solid attempt at giving us more than the usual cheese-fest Hollywood has asked us to stomach over the years.
Bottom Line: As a romantic comedy it feels forced. As a comedic mystery, with the air of romance, it entertains.
Movie Grade B-
Blu Ray/DVD Grade B+
Runtime: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1