I’d love to tear this trailer to pieces. It’s for the film One For The Money, based on the novel of the same name by Janet Evanovich. It’s the first novel in her series about lingerie saleswoman turned bounty hunter Stephanie Plum (yes, seriously), and it stars the woman that most of Pajiba loves to hate, Katherine Heigl.
Except that here’s the thing: when I first heard of this project, I picked up the novel because a) I was curious and b) I’m a hopeless crime fiction addict and Evanovich was one of the few writers I hadn’t read. The book is fine. It’s light, breezy, entertaining, goofy and not particularly dense or complicated. It’s got moments of cleverness, but it’s hardly Daschell Hammett reborn. But that said, it’s fun.
Here’s the trailer:
And much as it pains me to admit it, this trailer pretty much nails the tone of the novel. Like, really nails it. Even the “granny firing a gun at the dinner table” gag is right from the book. I can’t speak for whether or not it’ll actually be good — it’s directed by Julie Anne Robinson, who’s directed several episodes of Grey’s Anatomy as well as The Last Song, so that doesn’t exactly bode well — but it feels like it’s close to the mark. It’s hardly going to be an eternally memorable experience, but it’s got the potential to be entertaining. Most importantly, it’s a movie starring Katherine Heigl that doesn’t make me want to burn down a small village.
So that’s something, right?