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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinnie Plum
John Cho


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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


In the novel, Big Blue is a powder blue 1953 Buick Roadmaster. In the film, it is a much darker blue 1976 Buick Electra. See more »


Stephanie's cousin-in-law, police officer Gazarra has a name plate on his desk that says "Lt. Gazarra" but later in the movie Stephanie refers to him as "Sergeant Gazarra". See more »


Connie: Maybe Vinnie'll let you do some skip chasing. How comfortable are you with the lowlifes?
Stephanie Plum: I sold lingerie in Newark for three years.
Connie: You're good to go.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.73 (2012) See more »


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I was disappointed
28 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

If you haven't read the book you MIGHT like the movie. If you've read and loved the books this movie leaves a lot to be desired.

I suppose the MAIN part of the plot is the same but the details are scrambled or in some cases completely left out. Maybe I'm in the minority but a lot of the really funny stuff in the book was in the details and these parts got lost in the translation to the big screen. There was nothing too extreme in the book that might not have fit in the PG-13 rating so why did they change so many things? It was like the added more dialog in places and took out the fun and exciting stuff. Time shouldn't have been the reason either because the movie ran only an hour and a half - if they'd gone for two they could have had a much better (and closer to the book) adaptation.

I didn't care for the casting. Lula, Connie, and Vinnie matched the book descriptions of the characters fairly well but everyone else was off. It was like the casting director didn't read the book.

I'm disappointed because I had high hopes for the movie. I won't be buying the DVD or going to any sequels. Really, I think they'd have been better off to cast all unknowns that FITTED the characters and stuck to the plot from the book - it would have had a better shot.

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