One for the Money

Theatrical Release: January 27, 2012
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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Sex: Several sexual comments and innuendos and talk of a one-night stand and then the man fleeing for his life; sexual talk with an "I nailed you" comment; a comment about a man being charged with rape; prostitutes stand in front of an adult bookstore.
Language: Sadly this movie is filled with profanities and strong language, including several utterances of "J" and "GD", "Ch*st"; a "Go to H*ll" remark and other strong words such as "H", "D" and "A" and more including two slang remarks regarding male genitalia; a slang remark for a woman's breast.
Violence: A few people are shot and one dead body is seen with a bullet hole in his forehead; a few other scenes feature a little blood; a cop is shot but his vest saves his life; a prostitute who has helped a woman out is beaten up and we see her black, puffy eye with blood; a woman is thrown into a fence and roughed up; a bomb explodes and goes off; a woman shoots a chicken with a gun at dinner time.
Drugs: Wine; a woman buys beer for another woman; heroine is being transported; smoking.
Nudity: Strong cleavage in various scenes including a shower scene and one in which a woman is seen in her bra; shirtless men; a woman taking a shower has the shower curtain fall and we see her nude from the side, nothing explicit but her breast is partially seen; rear male nudity in a couple of scenes; a woman only has a towel on in one scene.
Other: A man uses his middle finger to flip off someone; a man says "Screw God" but then the car he steals blows up when he gets in as a bomb was in it and a woman says she believes the man was blown up for what he said about God; tensions between various characters.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Stacy Sherman & Karen Ray
Producer: Gary Lucchesi
Genre: Action
Runtime: 106 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter