Y’all, I just got back from seeing One for the Money and I thought I’d give you my thoughts.
First of all: I’ve always been a fan of the casting. I love Katherine Heigl. I definitely enjoyed everyone in the movie. The biggest bummer? Not enough Lula or Grandma Mazur! It has been ages since I read One for the Money, but I know they probably didn’t have that big a role in it. I’m just so used to them now (18 books into the series) that I missed seeing them in the movie.
I really did think Katherine Heigl did a pretty good job with Stephanie Plum. Sometimes scenes with back-and-forth dialogue came off a little awkward, did anyone else notice that? I was pretty surprised by that! I can’t imagine it was intentional, but more than once I felt like the flow was a little off.
The chemistry between Stephanie and Morelli was great (slight dialogue awkwardness aside), I loved the way they played off each other. Good thing too, since that was a big chunk of the movie. I didn’t so much feel the Ranger hotness vibes, definitely let down in that department. But, there weren’t really any romantic to speak of period. Mostly just sexual tension.
As for the humor? Sure, it was there. I do think they pulled the usual put-the-funniest-scenes-in-the-previews, but still. If you can’t make a movie about Stephanie Plum funny, you probably need a new job. One for the Money definitely made me laugh – I think I was just expecting a little more.
So, I have a few mixed feelings about some awkward conversations and a tad less humor than I was expecting. But still, overall I really enjoyed the movie! I definitely think fans of the One for the Money book will love it. If you haven’t read the books – take the scenes with Grandma Mazur and Lula and imagine a lot more of them, because the farther into the series you go the more of them you get!
Make sure and let me know your thoughts if/when you go see One for the Money!