Sometimes the shoe doesn’t fit, and for Katherine Heigl, ‘One for the Money’ is definitely not her glass slipper. With a shaky plot and unconvincing characters, this film leaves viewers far from being satisfied.
The story starts as Heigl’s character, Stephanie Plum, narrates her past and explains that she lost her job at Macy’s six months ago. After dinner with her parents, Stephanie decides to apply to work for her cousin, who is a bail bondsman. Her job? Track down people who have skipped their court dates and bring them in to earn 10% of the bail. When Stephanie sees that one skipper has a bail of $500 million, she jumps on the case. She quickly learns that this man is Joe Morelli, her first lover and a man she has not quite forgiven.
As the story moves along, Stephanie finds that it is fairly easy to find Morelli, but not so easy to bring him in to the police. Morelli claims that he is innocent of murdering an unarmed man and convinces Stephanie to help him find a witness before bringing him in. Stephanie agrees, and soon finds that this case is more complicated than she expected.
Stephanie’s character is as inconsistent as her accent. She switches from a powerful, sassy woman looking for payback to a foolish girl over her head numerous times. While her narration gives viewers plenty of information, at times it seems like too much. The film does a lot of telling and not very much showing. This narration also leads viewers to expect some sort of comedy or revelation from Stephanie, but neither really occurs.
Some of the minor characters have fun personalities, but at times, the way they exactly fit Stephanie’s needs seems a little too convenient. It’s difficult to feel too attached to anybody because most of the characters are pretty stagnant.
If you are still wondering if you should still watch this film, you should know that Heigl was nominated for one award because of it: The 2013 Razzie Award for Worst Actress.