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''One for the Money'' is a 2012 comedy film starring Katherine Heigl, [[Literature/StephaniePlum based upon the book by the same name]] by Janet Evanovich.

Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, a born-and-bred {{Joisey}} girl who finds herself in financial straits after being fired from her job as manager of the lingerie department at Macy's. After being turned down for a variety of demeaning jobs, she blackmails her cousin Vinnie, a bail-bondsman, into letting her recover some of his bail-jumpers for him.

Taking in small-time quarries for the money, Plum has her sights set on the $50,000 bounty for the capture of her ex-boyfriend, vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli. As she gathers evidence to track Morelli, she suspects he may not actually be guilty.

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!!!This film includes examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: [[spoiler: Benito Ramirez's attack on Lula is far more violent in the book. He leaves her lying naked and battered on Stephanie's fire escape and she spends the remainder of the novel in a coma. In the movie, she is beaten and thrown out of a truck, and is released from the hospital shortly thereafter.]]
* BackhandedCompliment: Stephanie seems to be a magnet for them.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Stephanie and Morelli.
* BigEater: Stephanie manages to stay thin and toned despite eating nothing but bad carbs and fat.
* BottomlessMagazines: Stephanie fires a total of seven rounds from her five-shot revolver when she [[spoiler: shoots the BigBad at the end]]. She also fires far more than five shots without reloading when taking target practice at one point earlier in the film (although this could be due to editing).
* BoxOfficeBomb: Budget $40m, gross under $37. Heigl got Razzie-nominated as well.
* BountyHunter: A career path Stephanie takes up out of desperation, and isn't very good at. [[TookALevelInBadass She gets better.]]
* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie takes place in Trenton, New Jersey, but was filmed in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}.
* TheCasanova: Half the women in Jersey "[[UnusualEuphemism sold [Morelli] a cannoli]]".
* DamselInDistress: Surprisingly inverted, as Stephanie manages to knock a guy to the ground and handcuff him after he shoots Ranger, she pepper sprays Benito Ramirez while he's fighting Joe, allowing him to knock out Benito, and when [[spoiler: BigBad Jimmy Alpha has Stephanie and Joe cornered and is planning to kill them, Stephanie knocks him down and he shoots her in the ass, but it barely slows her down and she manages to grab a gun from her purse and promptly shoots Jimmy in the chest five times in a row]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Connie Rossoli, Vinnie's office manager.
* {{Fanservice}}: Katherine Heigl in the shower, and later stripped down to her bra [[spoiler: so Morelli can attach a wire]].
* HopelessSuitor: Bernie Kuntz.
* KissingCousins: Stephanie blackmailed her cousin Vinnie into giving her the job because he tried to make out with her at her wedding.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: One of Stephanie's quarries is her [[DirtyOldMan elderly neighbor]] who refuses to wear clothes...ever.
* SceneryCensor:
** Stephanie gets naked and handcuffed to a shower and is just barely covered by the shower curtain.
** An old man who likes to "expose himself" is covered by conveneniently placed objects, [[{{Squick}} thank goodness]].
* ShowerOfAwkward: When Morelli barges in on Stephanie in the shower. [[spoiler: And later, when Ranger comes to unlock the handcuffs tethering her to the curtain rod.]]
* SupremeChef: Morelli, who whips up an amazing omelet using only the leftovers in Stephanie's fridge.
* TookALevelInBadass: Stephanie isn't very impressive at the end of the movie, but is leaps and bounds ahead of where she started.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Stephanie, at least at first.