19 Responses to “One for the Money movie thoughts”

  1. Rachael Johns January 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM #

    Firstly – I’m ASTOUNDED about how much you read. I knew it was lots but WOW!!! Secondly, thanks for the thoughts, because I don’t think I’ll get to the big screen to see it and now I don’t feel so upset about that. I’m not sure the movie will live up to the audio books, which I think rock far more than the actual books. LIke you said, it’s all about the humour!

  2. Angie January 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM #

    I read 330 books in 2012. Probably 50 of those (at least) were books I’d read previously, including Robb and Evanovich series. I read a lot :) But I also don’t watch much TV (I almost never turn on the TV in my hotel rooms, for instance) or movies. I’m not at all current on those types of things!

    • Rachael Johns January 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM #

      But I’m not current on any of that either. The ONLY show I watched last year was Downton Abbey. My only excuse is that writing takes up my me-time, although I still don’t write as many books as I’d like :(

  3. Erin Satie January 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM #

    I went to the movie because I’ve tried to read the first book and couldn’t finish it. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and the movie seemed like a good way to cheat.

    I agree that the movie was likable but there was something missing and I hadn’t put my finger on what till I read your comment – you’re right, there’s no sexual tension. The chemistry is not there.

    The one thing I found really curious about the film was how it maintained the structure of a novel in so many ways. Cutting to the unexplained friend character in particular, who was never introduced and did nothing but talk to Stephanie on the phone, ever. In fact, everything to do with secondary characters in the movie felt “novelish” to me.

    Watching the movie – and in particular seeing Stephanie’s growth from beginning to end – had tempted me to pick up book 2 and give the series another try. I think, after this review…maybe not. Not if she gets stupider.

    • Angie January 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM #

      @Erin, I thought I’d missed where they introduced the friend, because it was driving me nuts. I’m glad to know they actually didn’t introduce her (well, not glad, just glad it wasn’t that I missed it)

  4. C2 January 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM #

    Too robust is exactly the right phrasing when talking about Debbie R as Grandma. Odd casting all the way around – although I love Daniel Sunjata.

    I don’t plan on seeing this one in the theater but when it pops up on cable, I’ll sure I’ll check it out.

  5. G. Aliceson January 30, 2012 at 8:43 PM #

    I enjoyed your review and agreed with your points. I too, think the movie was worth looking at, but didn’t have the comedic moments or the drama of the books. I do watch Grey’s Anatomy and I do enjoy Katherine Heigl. However, she portrays Stephanie as likeable but too ditzy. The sexual chemistry was lacking for both men. Although when Morelli had his shirt off I did sit up a little higher in my seat and I usually tend to lean toward Ranger.

    Debbie Reynolds was just wrong on the levels you mentioned. One thing I did love was Lulu’s brown polka-dotted aka Pretty Woman-(Hooker to Respectable Woman) dress at the end.

    I thought the best character was the added one…Cho. I mean, smack! “What’re you gonna do?” I would love to see him come back as his twin Mooner. I would watch another movie if they come out with it, but I am reserving the right to cast Sally Sweet and Carole, the chip Lady.

    • Angie January 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM #

      I LOVED that polka-dot dress she was wearing! And I agree, I thought Cho was a fun character, and I actually thought he was going to be the series’ Mooner.

  6. Sasha White January 30, 2012 at 8:44 PM #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I first discovered the Stephanie Plum books when I was in South Africa and I picked up Hot Six, I didn’t even know it was a series until I saw Four To Score a week or so later. I hauled books 1,2,4,and 6 around Africa in my backpack for 6 months because I enjoyed them so much. When I got home 7 was just coming out in hardcover, and I was hooked. But like you, and many readers, my enjoyment of them has waned. Your thoughts on the movie show me it’s about what I expected, and I’ll wait to rent it. Thanks!

  7. Shannon Stacey January 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM #

    Estelle Getty has always been and will always be Grandma Mazur in my head.

    And, to me, Ranger looks like The Rock, but I don’t think The Rock has the silent, intense, violent, sexy-as-hell vibe of Ranger. Honestly, I think Ranger’s a bit like Jamie from Outlander. He doesn’t exist in human form on the planet. :)

    I’ll Netflix/iTunes/Amazon Stream/whatever it when it comes out.

  8. M.J. Scott January 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM #

    Hmmm, interesting. I will probably go to see it at the movies out of curiosity but I have had issues with the casting since it was first announced. I don’t mind Katherine (though she’s too tall for Steph in my head) but neither of the boys are right (and you’ve got to get Ranger and Morelli right!).

    Like you said, Jason O’Mara doesn’t look italian (in my head, Morelli is closer to Aussie actor Vince Colosimo or something). And the other dude is not Ranger. Ranger may be, as Shannon said, non existent in the real world). The Rock is too gigantic. My best pick for Ranger is Shemar Moore from Criminal Minds. Regardless, there needs to be chemistry between the actors. Sigh.

  9. Becky Parman January 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM #

    I’m so glad you posted this. I was trying to make time to go see the movie and was bummed because I didn’t think I would be able to fit it in to my schedule. I used to love the books and occasionally still re-read the earlier ones, but “too stupid to live,” is a good way to describe Stephanie Plum. How many times does a girl have to be stalked and kidnapped before she starts to carry her gun and take self-defense classes?

    A thousand times yest to @Shannon Stacey’s Estelle Getty for grandma comment. Estelle Getty IS grandma Mazur

  10. Keishon January 31, 2012 at 2:11 PM #

    I read the books and will just have to pass, pass, pass on the movie. Thanks for your thoughts though. I suspected the humor of the books wouldn’t translate well to the big screen but that’s the risk you take when you get your material from popular fiction novels. Sounds like no one made the story any better or updated it to modern times.

    • Angie January 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM #

      Oh, Keishon, funny you mention that about updating to modern times. Those who’ve read this book might remember that Stephanie steals Joe’s car, and then proceeds to use his CAR PHONE. But in the movie, they quite thankfully cut that part, because she does have a cell phone and his car doesn’t, thank God, have a car phone, lol.

  11. Cincoflex January 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM #

    Oy, I read the Evanovich series up to about five, and found myself irritated at how the characters didn’t grow or change or make choices. It was as bad as some of the Japanese Manga series out there, and I finally told my husband that despite the humor in the stories, I just can’t handle a series that stays stagnant. (I used to read them aloud to him, BTW)

    He agreed. We opted to stay with Carl Hiaason and Terry Pratchett for our serial reading.

    Frankly, I usually have issues when books are made into movies or TV series–it’s never quite as good as what I come up with in my head so I’ve stuck with the printed stuff nine times out of ten.

  12. Taryn Elliott January 31, 2012 at 6:59 PM #

    I saw this last night with a few friends…one of which read the books and one that will be reading thanks to the movie. I enjoyed it. It’s not going on my ‘keeper’ dvd shelf, but I was amused plenty through the movie.

    I gotta agree on the Ranger thing. He…SMILED too much. lol The Ranger in my head was more the strong silent type with the, ‘Baaaaaaaaaaabe.” as most of his conversation with Steph. LOL

    Morelli…well, I didn’t have trouble with him. Joe is kind of an alpha-hole in the beginning of the books, so it suited. The little scene when they first saw each other and he stole her keys to toss them in the dumpster…THAT was chemistry. That almost kiss. Then it was absent through the rest of the movie.

    Overall, worth the freebie movie I had from my Regal card. LOL It made me want to re-listen to the books again. I truly enjoyed the audio versions of the books best.

    • Angie January 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM #

      See, I disagree. I think that almost kiss was supposed to be chemistry. But it so wasn’t in my opinion, because they had no chemistry between them, not because there were no other opportunities in the movie. You can have chemistry with another actor/actress without ever getting close to them. But that kiss… It was just an almost kiss because the sizzle was missing from the entire movie.

      • Taryn Elliott January 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM #

        No…I suppose you could say it’s forced chemistry based on circumstance. Because they had a few other places in the movie where they tried to show it…when Joe stayed at her apartment for instance…and it didn’t work. The chemistry was missing, that I totally agree about. (even if Jason has some seriously tight abs. Mama!)

        But it was the beginning of the movie, and I had hopes for them because of that one scene. Then, unfortunately, it fizzled instead of sizzled. Of course, this is just my opinion (because I happen to be one of the few people that actually likes Katie Heigl. And I really like Jason) but in the end that little three minute scene didn’t hold up against the rest of the movie.

        But the setting and overall feel of the movie amused me and followed the book. So, it was a fun way to spend an evening even if everything didn’t all the way work for me.

        One reason I don’t EVER want Eve and Roarke to be made into a movie. They will NEVER be able to cast him. Nope…never.

  13. azteclady January 31, 2012 at 8:21 PM #

    No comments on the actual movie you saw, but regarding The Lucky One…yeah, intrigued a lot by the trailer, then realized what it’s based on and the curiosity fizzled and died right then and there. I really don’t care for depressing endings, thanks.

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