Sunday, May 20, 2012

Books To Movies: - Stephanie Plum

Blurb: A film based on the incredibly popular Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, One for the Money reveals an unexpectedly versatile Katherine Heigl. This model-turned-actress is best known for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy and for starring in various lighthearted romantic comedies, but here Heigl takes on the meaty role of Plum, a laid-off lingerie buyer who turns bondswoman in a desperate attempt to pay the rent and put food on the table. Heigl is surprisingly believable as a blue-collar working girl who thinks fast on her feet and is not afraid to throw herself into the middle of even the most dangerous situation--especially if it means getting what she wants. Of course, Stephanie's impulsiveness manages to get her into all sorts of awkward and potentially life-threatening situations. Throw in her desire for payback against an old boyfriend, a sleazy cousin, a gang of ruthless criminals, a couple of most unexpected allies, and a quirky family who can think of little more than setting her up with a good husband, and you've got an enticing blend of drama, action, and comedy.

Review: I was actually quite surprised to find that I liked the movie adaptation of the first Stephanie Plum novel. Sure there were some things that were totally off, for me the casting of Ranger, but most of the other characters worked. The main problem with this film is that it was a hilarious, action packed read and they had to condense it down to an hour and a half of film time.

A lot got lost in translation. The underutilized a lot of characters that really made the book, like Grandma Mazur and Lula. As much as I wasn't sure about the casting, it kinda worked for these two, and it was a shame they didn't get to shine, especially Grandma!

The one character that really took me by surprise was Morelli, played by Jason O'Marra. Yeah...Irish guy cast as a tough Italian cop. For me, he worked. Mostly because I've been in lust with O'Mara since Life On Mars. God is he gorgeous! Since he played a cop in Life On Mars (A NY cop at that) he worked pretty well here. Plus his chemistry with Heigl was pretty good. It is pretty easy to see them together in the future, if they attempt the next book.

What I really liked was how much screen time they gave to Rex, the hamster. I didn't think that would happen.

I'm probably one of the few fans that liked that movie. Sure it wasn't accurate, not many movies are, but it did its best to capture Stephanie Plum and the crazy characters that surround her. I just wish they could have found someone sexier for Ranger. He just didn't do it for me, it me or did he talk too much?


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