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One for the Money Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It will have you groaning between yawns.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Starring a painfully awkward Katherine Heigl, One for the Money mostly resembles a failed television pilot.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Lackluster bounty hunter romp has some startling violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that One for the Money is a mystery comedy based on the best-selling Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. Following a Jersey girl (Katherine Heigl) who's down on her luck until she learns the basics of bounty hunting, the movie offers some empowering lessons about what women can do. But there's some troubling violence in the movie's second half, as well as frequent language (especially "s--t," "a--hole," and exclamations like "goddamn"). Although there aren't any real sex scenes, there are plenty of references to sex, virginity, and prostitution, as well as two moments of partial nudity: one when an elderly nudist shows his bare butt, and the other when the main character is handcuffed to a shower rod, revealing the outline of her naked body (with strategic parts covered by her free arm).

  • Families can talk about the role that gender plays in the story's appeal. Would the movie work -- or be considered funny -- with a male protagonist?
  • Talk about the movie's violence. Is all of it necessary to the plot? How does the movie's tone affect the impact of its violent scenes?
  • Does the movie make you want to read the books? Parents familiar with the books, discuss any major differences between the novel and the movie.
  • One for the Money shows that someone with little initial knowledge can learn the ropes and succeed in a new profession. What are some other movies that follow a character who slowly but surely becomes an expert at his or her new job?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie's chief message is that it's never too late to try something new (like a career), as long as you commit to it, ask for help from experts, and keep trying. Despite being called "cupcake" and underestimated by all of the men in the movie, Stephanie prevails.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Stephanie is plucky and doesn't let others' low expectations get her down; she does her best to learn how to be a good recovery agent.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: The first half of the movie has some gun violence (a couple of the scenes are played for laughs) and pushing. Things ramp up in the second half: There's a car explosion that kills a character; two men are shot off camera, and their dead bodies are shown; another character is fatally shot; and there's a violent fight in which one person is bloodied and bruised and the other is pepper sprayed to unconsciousness. A body (not shown) is discovered stashed in a container.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Although there's no actual sex or even kissing, there are regular references to sex, prostitution (two prostitutes are prominently featured in several scenes), a high-school sexual encounter, and a sexual fantasy. One sequence focuses on Stephanie being handcuffed naked to a shower rod (her body is shown in profile, with her hand covering only her breasts). An elderly nudist's bare bottom is shown as he's taken into custody. Morelli attaches a wire to a shirtless Stephanie; viewers see her bra and a close-up of her cleavage.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent use of the exclamations "goddamn" and "Jesus Christ" or "Christ," as well as "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "t--s," "hell," "crap," "damn," and insults like "idiot," "stupid," "d--k," "whore," and the like.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A few car brands -- Buick, Ford Explorer, Chrysler -- and frequent references to Macy's. Stephanie drinks Yuengling beer with Morelli.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug references include a character who opens the door with a bong visible in his apartment; he acts high on pot. References to a heroin dealer, and in one scene the heroin is discovered and discussed. Stephanie and Morelli drink beer together, and wine is consumed by adults gathered for dinner.