One for the Money
A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent. True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinnie’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school.
The viewer will have to suspend a lot of belief in order to follow this one faithfully. It seems very unlikely that the likable Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) could become a recovery agent for a bail bonding company, in fact working for her cousin who actually kissed her in a sleazy way on her wedding day, and that she could become so efficient so quickly. Stephanie is no longer married and she doesn’t own a pair of handcuffs. But she is soon asking questions like Columbo of old and packing heat. Truthfully, there weren’t as many funny moments in this one as I believe the filmmakers were aiming for. Stephanie comes up big in the end, perhaps too big. Part of her mission is to find Joe Morelli, a police officer bail-jumper, who tells her he had a very good reason to jump bail. They once had a one-night stand and Joe bailed on that too so Stephanie has more than just doing her job in mind.
However, there are several sexual innuendos in this one not to mention strong language and rear male nudity, and so this one falls far short of being one the family can view together. We can’t award our Dove Seal to this one.