One for the Money 2012

There’s the saying ‘One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go’. Well One for the Money abruptly stops after “one for the money” and just picks up at ‘to go’. One for the Money is a half-baked film that attempts to combine the ineptitudes of Jersey Shore, pulpy romance novels, and poorly crafted made for T.V. film. It follows the story of Stephanie Plumb (Katherine Heigl), a newly unemployed 30ish Jersey girl who eats candy for breakfast. After blackmailing her seedy cousin Vinny (Patrick Fischler) into letting her become a bail enforcement agent, Stephanie descends into Jersey’s greasy underworld only to find out her first job is to catch the man who took her virginity.  With its all too common narrative, lousy portrayal of a heroine, and music that is of the 90’s low budget porn variety, One for the Money lets a good premise fall hopelessly flat on its face.

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