Last year, I very abruptly decided I should start reading paperback mystery novels. I have no idea how I arrived at that realization, but once I was there, I had zero idea how to begin. Both my best childhood friend and my beloved high school English teacher gave me the same recommendation: Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Read the books in order. Start with One for the Money.
So, OK, I was a latecomer (One for the Money was published in 1994). Is the novel a work of great literature? Uh, no—that is, it sure isn’t Raymond Chandler. But a bazillion readers have fallen in love with Stephanie Plum, fledgling bounty hunter for her Cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds outfit. She’s quirky! She’s fun! She has a lot of car trouble.
Now, when I visualize Stephanie Plum, I see hair piled high, early-90s spandex stirrup pants, and leopard print. So when I first heard Katherine Heigl had been tapped to play the part in the One for the Money movie adaptation, I was livid. WHY NOT CAST BITTY SCHRAM? Surely there is a more believable character actress to play this Jersey girl.
How wrong I was. Here’s the One for the Money trailer, and Heigl is terrific:
That’s right! All your favorite characters, living and breathing! Irish actor Jason O’Mara plays rakish hunk Joe Morelli—I think “vaguely tough guy” might be the only American accent he does, so this works for me juuuust fine—while beautiful Daniel Sunjata plays Ranger, a fellow bounty hunter who teaches Stephanie the ropes.
Anytime Sherri Shepherd is in a movie, I can’t help but think of it as “stunt casting” (I’m a jerk! She was great in Precious!). In the trailer she shows a lot of promise as Lula, the smart-mouthed hooker looking to get into a different business. And Stephanie’s most likable relative, Grandma Mazur, is played by Debbie Reynolds. Pitch-perfect.
ARE YOU AS THRILLED AS I AM?