One for the Money is a comedy mystery based on the best-selling book by Janet Evanovitch. Suddenly unemployed and newly divorced Jersey girl Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) winds up working at her cousin's bond enforcement agency. Plum gets paid to pick up men, although these are men who skipped out on their court dates. Along the way, she meets larger-than-life hooker Lula (Sherri Shepherd), a mysterious yet seductive bounty hunter named Ranger (Daniel Sunjata) and her first boyfriend, once the town heartbreaker and now a determined Trenton cop (Jason O'Mara.) She's assisted by her perplexed but well-fed New Jersey family, including feisty Grandma Mazur (Debbie Reynolds.)
One for the Money is a hilarious roller-coaster ride as Plum not only learns her new trade, but is tracked by a homicidal killer. Driving a vintage Buick christened Big Blue, she stumbles her way through her new job while dodging death threats. Sure, you get shot at, but at least the job is not boring. What other job can you look forward to being handcuffed naked to your shower curtain?
Evanovitch herself praised filmmakers and Lions Gate Entertainment for selecting Heigl as her beloved bounty-hunter heroine, Stephanie Plum. She claims in interviews after the film's release that when she writes about Plum, she always pictures her as Heigl. Evanovitch also praised the main male co-stars as hot and sexy. One for the Money took thirteen years to make from selling the film rights to the distribution of finished reels to theaters.
Another interesting character in the film is the city of Trenton, New Jersey. One for the Money was mostly filmed in Pennsylvania, but viewers could swear that they filmed in the heart of The Burg in Trenton. Those familiar with New Jersey will appreciate the authenticity while those not familiar will understand just what it takes to be New Jersey tough.