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Stephanie Plum is out of work, her car has just been repoed, and she is desperate for some fast cash.

Desperate times call for desperate measures leading her to her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond agency and a fast track of danger, destruction, and clueless attempt at being a bounty hunter.

Janet Evanovich’s screen adaption of her best selling book One For The Money hit theaters Friday January 27th.  Anyone who has read the first book in the series (or all eighteen for that matter) was patiently waiting with high hopes for this movie.One for the Money photo:filmofilia.com

The movie itself was hysterical, with a fair share of gun fights, explosions, and just enough suspense to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Sadly enough however, it didn’t come close to the punches the book packs.

Plum (played by Katherine Heigl) is completely clueless at how to track down her first FTA (failure to appear) cop, Joe Morelli (Jason O'Mara). She quickly turns this FTA into a personal vendetta for an incident that happened in high school behind the éclair counter after hours. Thankfully, Ranger (Daniel Sunjata) is a fellow bounty hunter, ex-US Army Ranger, and security expert who agrees to take Stephanie under his wing. The three of them have no idea that Stephanie is a magnet for trouble and danger.

The characters come to life in the book and have very distinct personalities. Furthermore, the actors chosen for these roles couldn’t have been more perfect if they had walked off the pages.

While I did enjoy the movie, I was let down. The movie itself lacks the sexual tension, danger, and suspense of the book.  A very large and dangerous character featured in the book named Benito Ramirez was turned into an extremely minor role in the movie. I was also disappointed to find there was no start of a love triangle between Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli. But the biggest disappointment came in the film’s final twenty minutes, when the ending was drastically altered from the book.  

The movie itself was amazing and entertaining, but in this case, the book was better. If you don’t want to get sucked into an 18 book series you won’t want to put down, then avoid the book and go for the movie.

However, this is one of those cases where I will pick the book over the movie any day of the week.

Mandelyn Kilroy is currently attending Full Sail University and majoring in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Mandelyn currently lives out side of Philadelphia near King of Prussia with her cocker spaniel Chloe. When she is not working or studying, she spends her time reading, writing, and taking in everything Philly has to offer.

Check out Mandelyn's review of 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

Contact her at mandelyn_kilroy@yahoo.com  

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One for the Money photo:filmofilia.com