The Stephanie Plum series is one of the reasons I started FemPop. That may sound shallow, but when the film was being cast and started shooting traditional entertainment sites, especially the ones usually full of smart critics with a penchant for nerdiness, treated the property like dirt. It was just another Katherine Heigl project of no note to anyone. Nevermind the fact that One For The Money won a bevy of awards when it came out in 1994 or that it was on the USA Today bestsellers list for 75 straight weeks. Nevermind that author Janet Evanovich is one of the most successful and popular mystery writers working today.

No it was a Heigl project and must be ruthlessly mocked.

It was knee jerk actress hate that felt a lot like knee jerk sexism and it irked the hell out of me. These guys never read the book and it was written by a former romance novelist so it was clearly “lame chickflick” material.

As someone who was ushered into puberty with these books (they were as beloved and well-worn as my huge collection of Star Wars Extended Universe books) I have to take serious offense. The Stephanie Plum series is pretty dang awesome and fun. Yeah it’s petered out a bit in the 17 years since it started but whatever. The early books are some of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

But enough of my gabbing. Here’s the trailer.

I will not speak to the authenticity of her accent but I will say that Heigl nails the Stephanie Plum vibe. There’s looking pretty great despite a terrible diet, a surprising love of guns, Grandma Mazur, Ranger and Joe looking smoking hot and Lula–and now all I can think of is the time Lula went on Atkins and carried chickens and slabs of bacon in her purse…which is what I suspect I would do if I ever went on Atkins.

Once upon a time Heigl was an engaging and funny actress. Maybe being forced to play a character instead of the paper-thin excuses she’s been saddled with will be the difference. Maybe One For The Money will be the Heigl film that reminds us all of how awesome she is. Maybe all those film critics/nerds will be horribly shocked at the success of the film and call it Twilight for adults and display all that latent sexism their sites often teem with. And maybe nerdy Janet Evanovich fans like myself will finally get our Stephanie Plum movie (I have been waiting since 1998 thankyouverymuch).

  • Never read the books! Might have to start!! :)