One for the Money

Musical Score By: Deborah Lurie

Music by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on Janet Evanovich’s bestselling eighteen-part book series, One for the Money stars Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum, a tough Jersey girl with a problem – she’s broke.  Stephanie has been out of work for six months and just lost her car to a debt collector.  Stephanie needs a job, but jobs are hard to find.  She talks her sleazy cousin into hiring her on as a recovery agent for his bail bonding business.  But recovering bail jumpers is not as easy as it looks, especially when you don’t have handcuffs, your only weapon is mace and your next assignment is all about tracking down and capturing the guy who dumped you in high school…the guy you still have a crush on.

            The soundtrack of One for the Money features songs by artists like Colbie Caillat, Amy Loftus and Kristina and the Dolls and a musical score by Deborah Lurie.  Starting her career by creating musical scores for short films like George Lucas in Love, by the year 2005, Lurie was working on the musical score for An Unfinished Life.  Over the following years, Deborah Lurie has created musical scores for such notable films as 9, Dear John, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Prom and the remake of Footloose.

            The One for the Money Soundtrack opens with the beautiful, fun love song by Colby Caillat called Brighter Than the Sun, followed by the sultry, sexy Love Gun by Vanessa Bryan and Mista Youngblood.  Next is I Got You by Katrina and the Dolls, another fun love song and Surrender by Amy Loftus, a song that perfectly describes the main character of the film.  The fifth track is Delilah Bright's version of the Pat Benatar classic, Hit Me With Your Best Shot.  Perhaps it's just a sign of getting old, or perhaps I'm growing tired of people remaking songs, but I found Delilah Bright's version falls quite short of the original.

            The rest of the music on the twenty-six track soundtrack is musical score by Deborah Lurie.  The music is mainly a mix of jazz and rock, sometimes depicting short action moments, but mostly having a lighthearted comedic flare.  The musical score of One for the Money is cute, but not interesting enough to be memorable.  In fact, the most interesting parts of the soundtrack come at the very beginning.  The rest, although a major part of the film, seem like so much fluff.  The songs are worth checking out the One for the Money Soundtrack, but I'm not sure they make it worth buying.


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