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"One For the Money" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Stephanie Plum (Heigl) is a bright, attractive, confident woman whose entire life has just taken a sudden turn — in the wrong direction. Newly divorced and recently laid off, the only work she can scrape up is a dead-end job at her sleazy cousin's bail bond office. But when her first big assignment involves tracking down an on-the-lam ex-flame (O'Mara), this tough-as-nails lady bounty hunter will be redefining the meaning of hot pursuit in this thrill-packed action comedy. Based on the popular books by Janet Evanovich, this film mixes romance, action and wry humor that will keep you "on the case" until the very end.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate Studios
  • 2011, Color, PG-13, 91 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo
  • Directed by Julie Anne Robinson
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Brief Nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I hate to admit it, but I actually read the first three of Janet Evanovich's books upon which this movie was based. The books were actually better than the film, but the movie covered most of the important ground. My main complaint with Heigl is her inability to pull off a real New Jersey accent, but her portrayal of Stephanie Plum was well done. Debbie Reynolds plays the grandma, but her character is only briefly touched upon for comic relief. My wife (who has read almost all of the series) liked the film a lot…and I liked it some. Written and directed by women, perhaps it doesn't take a detective to figure who the target audience is supposed to be. If you liked the books, this Plum is a peach.

Technical

The picture quality was actually quite good with vibrant, solid colors and fine details like hair and textured clothing demonstrating a very natural look. Skin tones were good and no details were lost in the dark, rainy scenes. Sound was also very good with full use of the surrounds. Gunshots and punches sound natural and realistic. The music was also well panned across the front with full, rich sound. I saw no artifacts or aliasing, even when the camera panned from side to side.

Extras

Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, a short gag reel, one deleted scene, real female bail bonds featurette (which was actually interesting), the theatrical trailer and movie trailers.