One For the Money (2012) Rated PG-13

One for the money Stephanie Plum is newly single and unemployed when she gets a job at her cousin’s bail bond business. Her first job has her chasing an old friend. Starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds.

I think the difficulty with this movie and many others that are transferred from the page to the big screen lies in the casting.  For those that have read best sellers like this one, they have an idea in their minds of who these characters are, what they look like, how they act.  They have already imagined the setting and scenes laid forth in the book.  So, when they see a well-known actor or actress reprising the role, it obscures their vision of the story and makes it less satisfying.  I think it would be better to choose lesser known actors in these situations, or character actors among the A-listers who can really embody the character set forth in the book.

In this movie, I think the actors failed to embody their characters accurately.  They simply didn’t get their characters.  This made the film pale in comparison to the book, which is unfortunate, because I think the Stephanie Plum series could be a made into an excellent film series, given the right actors and directing.  This movie was not worth a watch; read the book instead.


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