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One for the Money (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  27 January 2012 (USA)
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Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.


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After losing her job, Jersey girl Stephanie Plum is broke. Needing a job she is told that her cousin, a bail bondsman, needs someone to help out in the office. But the only job openings he has are for skip tracers. She learns that Joe Morelli, a guy she knew intimately years ago, is one of the "skips". She eventually finds him but wasn't really prepared so he gets away. Another bounty hunter, Ranger, tries to teach her. Eventually she finds Morelli again, but he claims he is innocent of the crime he is accused of and he is trying to prove his innocence. Eventually Stephanie thinks he's telling the truth so she stakes out the person who can help him. She only finds herself in trouble and Morelli saves her. She tries to find someone who can prove his innocence, but the problem is that shortly after meeting with them they're killed or attacked. Written by

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She's looking for a few not-so-good men.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sólo por dinero  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,515,790 (USA) (27 January 2012)


$26,404,753 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, and Debra Monk have all appeared on Grey's Anatomy (2005). See more »


In the beginning of the film, when Stephanie is driving to dinner with her parents in New Jersey, she is actually driving towards Pennsylvania on the "Trenton Makes" Bridge. The letters are only on the southern side of the bridge, and they are to her left, which means she's driving west. See more »


Stephanie Plum: [looking through the latest FTAs] I need fast money, not easy money.
Connie: Well, it's not gonna come knocking on your door, honey... oh, wait. This one might. William Earling, exhibitionist. Got kicked out of two retirement homes for flashing his junk. He lives in your building.
Stephanie Plum: Yeah, Mr. Earling! He lets me use his old newspapers for my hamster's cage.
Stephanie Plum: He's a perv?
[Flipping through the file, she sees a photo and recoils]
Stephanie Plum: Whoa...
[Connie laughs]
Stephanie Plum: That's bold.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.172 (2012) See more »


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Written by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Haydn)
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Some fun quirks and unpredictable points of view
27 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of Janet Evanivich's book is well done and a lot of fun. Katherine Heigl is excellent in the role of Stephanie Plum. Apparently the author considered Katherine perfect for this role after seeing her in another movie. I'm so glad it was directed by a woman and combines the chick flick aspect with the mystery/bounty hunter storyline. Women's dates will be well rewarded, by Heigl's charm and beauty, for being along for the ride.

Heigl proves again what she showed in her television work in Grey's Anatomy and Roswell, that she's an excellent and versatile actress. She displays the vulnerability combined with toughness and a certain likable gullibility that are exactly as the book portrays the main character.

The movie is only 91 minutes long. Since the book and the movie depend more on the fun of getting to know the characters, including the first-person narrator, Stephanie Plum, it would have been so easy, and would have made it much better IMO, to include more scenes with the family, especially Grandma Mazur (Debbie Reynolds!), and with Lula (Sherri Shepherd is also wonderful). As it is, the "action" plot takes over in the second half, and it left me wishing for more of the fun character interactions.

Plum, Morelli and Ranger are really well portrayed and quite a lot like I imagined them while reading the book. This is light entertainment with a few quirks and unpredictable points of view, like the book, and overall a very enjoyable hour and a half.

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