One for the Money is book #1 in the Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, series by Janet Evanovich. I just finished reading the newest in the series, Explosive Eighteen. I'll save that for another review. Having read 18 in this series, you can probably guess that I'm a big fan.
I was excited when I heard book #1 was being made into a movie. Little by little I heard about the cast. I think I was back several books when I heard Sherri Shepard had been cast as Lula. Throughout the remaining books, I laughed even harder as I pictured Sherri in the part!
As I heard about the remaining cast members, I became increasingly concerned that Sherri was the only cast member who fit. Having now seen the movie, I've changed my mind.
Stephanie Plum - Being a fan of Grey's anatomy, I was actually bugged that Katherine Heigl had been cast for the part of Stephanie Plum. I now revoke that opinion and admit she was a great fit; Heigl nailed the part.
Morelli - Jason O'Mara Honestly, I have probably seen Jason in other roles, but for now they allude me. It took a bit to warm up to him as he was not what I pictured, but by the end of the movie he had grown on me.
Ranger - Daniel Sunjata This was as good a fit as Lula (although I pictured him being a bit older.) He was such a good fit for this part, I could smell the Bvlgari shampoo!
Mrs. Plum - Debra Monk I was a little disappointed at first. My image of this character was a little more...well demure is the only word I can think of. Maybe more prim and proper? Then my daughter said, "C'mon! She's a mother in New Joysey!" and I realized she was right!
Vinnie was a good fit, I only pictured him a little taller and thinner.
My big disappointment I have to say was Debbie Reynolds. Not that I don't like Debbie Reynolds, I just don't think she was a good fit for the part. To successfully play the part of Grandma Mazur, she needed to look more like a chicken - much thinner, much older, hanging chicken skin and more frail looking.
The movie itself I thought was very well done. Of course I learned a long time ago: never re-read a book just before the movie hits the theater; it ruins it. I've read a few bad reviews of this movie and must wonder if those reviews are from those who did not read the books. Anyone care to comment?
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