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Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 4.9/10 (3,028 voted)
Critic's Score: 22/100
Julie Anne Robinson
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata
Storyline Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.
Writers: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray
Cast: Katherine Heigl
Ryan Michelle Bathe
She's looking for a few not-so-good men.
Release Date: 27 January 2012
Filming Locations: Ambridge, Pennsylvania, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,515,790
(29 January 2012)
(19 February 2012)
Did You Know?
Both Katherine Heigl (Stephanie) and Daniel Sunjata (Ranger) have been or are on
In addition to Stephanie referring to her cousin as "Sgt" Gazarra, we see him wearing both the single bar of the Lieutenant on his collar, and the double bars of a Capt. He obviously didn't get promoted, as we later see him wearing the Lt. bar again.
Quotes: Stephanie Plum:
Ranger Manoso. He's like the statue of David by Michelangelo, if you dipped him in caramel and strapped some heat on him.
Some fun quirks and unpredictable points of view
This adaptation of Janet Evanivich's book is well done and a lot of
fun. Katherine Heigl is excellent in the role of Stephanie Plum.
Apparently the author considered Katherine perfect for this role after
seeing her in another movie. I'm so glad it was directed by a woman and
combines the chick flick aspect with the mystery/bounty hunter
storyline. Women's dates will be well rewarded, by Heigl's charm and
beauty, for being along for the ride.
Heigl proves again what she showed in her television work in Grey's
Anatomy and Roswell, that she's an excellent and versatile actress. She
displays the vulnerability combined with toughness and a certain
likable gullibility that are exactly as the book portrays the main
The movie is only 91 minutes long. Since the book and the movie depend
more on the fun of getting to know the characters, including the
first-person narrator, Stephanie Plum, it would have been so easy, and
would have made it much better IMO, to include more scenes with the
family, especially Grandma Mazur (Debbie Reynolds!), and with Lula
(Sherri Shepherd is also wonderful). As it is, the "action" plot takes
over in the second half, and it left me wishing for more of the fun
Plum, Morelli and Ranger are really well portrayed and quite a lot like
I imagined them while reading the book. This is light entertainment
with a few quirks and unpredictable points of view, like the book, and
overall a very enjoyable hour and a half.