One for the Money
is palatable enough---even amusing, at times---but most all of these moments are given away in the trailer. The rest has a connect-the-dots kind of predictability to it. Director Julie Anne Robinson tries to break rom-com formula (the movie’s an adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s novel), and does a so-so job. Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is a broke, ex-lingerie salesperson who returns to New Jersey and gets a gig as a bounty hunter. Heigl has decent comic timing, but she can’t pull off tough. Her first job: to bring her cherry-snatcher, Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara), to the police for skipping bail. I don’t buy that she’d hold a high school grudge, yet this is the movie’s driving force, revealing a weakness in Stephanie that reeks of lady-in-distress. At least Stephanie gets the money first, the guy later.