Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: January 27, 2012 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Katherine Heigl, plays Stephanie Plum with a removed coolness which reminds us of those forties detectives who play it comfortably straight and narrate their own actions in a film.
On the surface she is looking for a job and ends up in her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds office looking to make quick money bringing in her former lover Joe Morelli (Jason O'Mara). But the screen play and the direction of Julie Anne Robinson create a character that remains unflappable even when things go wrong. She is always calm even when handcuffed naked in her shower.
It's her attitude that allows us to comfortably follow her adventure and her ability to survive her candid offbeat grandmother (Debbie Reynolds) who tests Plumb's gun at the dinner table by shooting the turkey on the table. Mom (Debra Monk) wants her daughter married safe and comfortable and she invites the local hardware store owner to dinner which obviously tells us anyone will do.
Using grandmas Big Blue a very large seventies Buck (It was a 53) in the book, she sets out to capture Joe Morelli who has jumped bail his capture and return are worth fifty-thousand dollars. Early on we begin to suspect there is more to the story as Morelli who is a former cop claims he is innocent.
Morelli hangs around the old neighborhood and Plum easily finds him a number of times but the police can't seem to locate him. Of course it's more fun when the two banter about their previous life together.
Heigl, nicely underplays Plum with a blank look no matter what happens, even when she explains how years before she drove over Morelli breaking his leg in three places. She also has some nice one liners like; is that the Vulcan Grip when Morelli knocks a bad guy down quickly.
Sherri Shepherd comically plays the hooker, Lula who befriends Plum, once she understands that Plum is not looking for a girl for sex.
The twists are too simple and more than needed, as Plum becomes a detective looking to solve the case that Morelli has been convicted of, apart from that the film is fun to watch and her reactions to various levels of situation are worth a look.
Don't forget John Leguizamo who plays Jimmy Alpha he always adds some spice to the roles he plays.
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