''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.

!!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.]]
** [[spoiler: References to Vinny's alleged relations with a duck, which Stephanie used to blackmail him in the novel, were omitted. Stephanie blackmails Vinny in the film by mentioning his drunkenly making out with her at her own wedding, plus threatening to tell his wife about his encounters with a dominatrix.]]
* 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. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Joe:
-->'''Joe''': [''ransacking Stephanie's apartment while she's handcuffed to the shower curtain rail''] I don't get it. How can a person eat like ya eat, and look like ya look?
** Lula is also a big eater and, unlike Stephanie, has a body to reflect the fact.
* 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).
* BountyHunter: A career path Stephanie takes up out of desperation, and isn't very good at. [[TookALevelInBadass She gets better.]]
* TheCasanova: Half the women in Jersey "[[UnusualEuphemism sold [Morelli] a cannoli]]".
* CompressedAdaptation:
** Stephanie's apprehension of Clarence Sampson, a rather lengthy segment of the novel, was completely omitted. Handwaved (and subtly lampshaded) in the film by Stephanie claiming it would take too long to track him down. She opts to go after William Earling first instead.
** Morelli tossing Stephanie's keys into the dumpster occurs much later in the book; the film incorporates this event into their first onscreen encounter.
* 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}}: Stephanie 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 [[FanDisservice expose himself]] is covered by conveneniently placed objects, 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.