88 minutes of nothing much

88 minutes of nothing much

Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is at the lowest point of her life. She got divorced, and her debts are piling up. In an attempt to turn her life around, she becomes a bounty hunter.

Her first job is to bring murder suspect Joe Morelli (Jason O'Mara) to the police. He also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. She will then get part of his bail and can use that to pay her bills.

But as she looks into the case, Stephanie realises Joe may have been wrongly accused. She makes him a deal and decides to help prove him innocent.

An adaptation of the first in Janet Evanovich's popular novel series, One for the Money is a combination of comedy and thriller. Although it's formulaic, the film uses black humour well, and gives the audience an unusual experience in the way it mixes jokes with tragic events.

But the problem is the movie fails to build suspense. It almost feels like it begins and ends without anything actually happening - except for a bit of a laugh. It also fails miserably in developing a sense of the evil character of the villains. Most of them just inexplicably show up for one scene and then disappear.

If you are looking for something to laugh at on DVD, One for the Money could be a weekend time-killer, but whether it's worth paying to see it on the big screen is another matter.

Contains adult elements

YP Rating: 2/5

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