Movie Review: One For the Money

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!

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  • Dizneeee January 27, 2012, 6:57 pm

    I actually just got in a few minutes ago from seeing it. I haven’t read the book, so I don’t have anything to compare it to or be let down about.

    I didn’t like the Jersey accent. Sometimes it was there, sometimes it wasn’t. If you’re really from Jersey, it’s always there.

    The character of Stephanie Plum came off to me as the biggest idiot and clueless person out there. If she was like that in the book, I have no idea how the author has been able to make money from 18 books with that much idiocy.

    I like Katherine Heigl and thought she did a good job, minus the random moments of Jersey accent. And yes, PLEASE, to Ranger and Morelli. Especially Ranger! Rawr! 🙂
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  • Julie@my5monkeys January 27, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I haven’t seen the movie but I know I wanted to see Ranger /Morelli 🙂 I don’t like it when Hollywood plays with books. Sometimes they get them right and most of the time –Not.
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  • Amy @ Tripping Over Books January 27, 2012, 7:48 pm

    HA! I just came back from seeing this too! We like to get on the new movies immediately!
    But I thought it was cute. I think you like the Morelli they cast better than I do (I just have such a strong image of him looking more like a guido and I can’t shake it), but I thought their little flirty banter was cute. And I liked Ranger, too. I thought ALL of their interactions in the book were hotter and more flirty, though.
    And I felt like we were missing great stuff from the secondary characters! I missed all those crazy scenes with Grandma Mazur at the funeral home, and I wanted more Lula. The scenes with those two got the most laughs (more like chuckles) out of anything else in the movie, and I can’t help but think that people would have laughed harder if there had been more from them.
    The accents kind of made me crazy, too. Eddie Gazzarra sometimes sounded like he was from Boston! But I guess sounding like you’re from Jersey is harder than I thought it would be (obviously, I’m biased since I don’t have to try, lol)!
    Overall, I thought it was good, but that the books were SO MUCH better because they just have more of everything that was good about the movie. I would totally see more movies if they made them, though. I want to reread the first book now, too!
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  • A. Knight January 28, 2012, 7:35 am

    Katherine Heigl is my GIRL. I think she is just all-around awesome, so I was so surprised, then excited, to see her in this movie. It does look hilarious and since I have no expectations for this one, I doubt I’ll be disappointed 🙂

    – Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)
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  • Sheila (Book Journey) January 28, 2012, 10:11 pm

    I seen the movie today with some of my book club and they were saying the same thing – More Grandma! More Lulu! I hope there is more movie(s) to come.

    My thoughts will go up sometime in the next few days.
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  • Melanie January 31, 2012, 11:08 pm

    Did you know the book took over ten years to go from being optioned to the big screen?

    I want to see this movie, even though I haven’t read the book. I really liked Heigl in Killers, where she co-starred with Ashton Kutcher.
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