- Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds, Patrick Fischler, Sherri Sheppard, Leonardo Nam, Nate Mooney, Ana Reeder, Gavin-Keith Umeh, Adam Paul, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Debra Monk, Fisher Stevens, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Annie Parisse, Louis Mustillo, Harry O'Toole, Rex the Hamster, John Joseph Williams, Marla Sucharetza, Angela Pietropinto, Alexis Treadwell Murray, Jack Erdie, Tommy Lafitte, David Early
- Director: Julie Anne Robinson
- Writers: Liz Brixius, Stacy Sherman, Kirsten Smith), Karen McCullah Lutz, Janet Evanovich, Karen Ray
- Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Wendy Finerman, Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchesi
- Co Producer: Zane Weiner
- Executive Producers: Katherine Heigl, Andre Lamal, Eric Reid
- Castings: Deborah Aquila, Ross Meyerson, Tricia Wood
- Costume Design: Michael Dennison
- D.O.P.: Jim Whitaker
- Editor: Lisa Zeno Churgin
- Makeup: Tania McComas
- Music: Deborah Lurie
- Production Design: Franco-Giacomo Carbone
- Set Decoration: Linda Lee Sutton
Stephanie Plum is out of a job and there isn’t much work for an ex-lingerie buyer. After caving under pressure from her mother, Stephanie goes to her cousin, Vinnie, who is a bail bondman for some filing work. When arriving Vinnie’s assistant, Connie, tells her that the filing position has been filled.
Connie tells her about apprehending people who skip out on their bonds, pulls a file out of her top drawer, and shows her Joseph Morelli’s file. Morelli is a vice cop who is wanted for murder one and has a history with Stephanie which includes two sexual encounters in high school and a hit-and-run when he didn’t call afterward.
Connie suggests Morelli because Stephanie will get percentage of the bond that sings to the tune of $10,000. Stephanie has had to pawn off the majority of her possessions and her car gets repossessed, she thinks bringing in Morelli will fix all of her financial problems.
Stephanie decides she wants to join up and blackmails Vinnie about an incident with a duck in order to let her try to get Morelli. With the help of some friends and the best bounty hunter in the business, Ranger, she slowly learns what it takes to be a badass bounty hunter.
Along the way of trying to find Morelli Stephanie gains the unwanted attention of a heavy weight boxer that has a history of making women disappear, gains some hookers as friends, steals Morelli’s car, and enters into an agreement with Morelli himself. Then on top of all that she still has to deal with a pushy mother, a crazy grandmother, and a father who would rather not watch.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Ambridge, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
- MPAA Warning: Violence, sexual references and language, some drug material and partial nudity
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Lakeshore Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
- Production Schedule: July 2010 - September 2010
2012 Guide Analysis: "If there's a saving grace to this Katherine Heigl rom-com it's the source material - Janet Evanovich's bestselling Stephanie Plum series. Evanovich had only modest success as a romance novelist and decided to try her hand at doing a mystery with an unemployed and newly divorced woman becoming a bounty hunter.
The result was the award-winning 1994 novel on which this is based, while the lead character has gone on to become a literary powerhouse and features in sixteen novels, four novellas, and one short story. Thus the hope is the scripting here is better than Heigl's usual efforts, certainly the studio has taken its time with the property as they've been sitting on it for almost fifteen years and have big plans for this to be a possible franchise for them.
Fans of the books have been very vocal about their dislike of the film's casting for many of the key roles. Despite the large fan base, we've seen potential franchises like these crash and burn before thanks to bad casting or inept filmmaking. The trailer unfortunately seems only to confirm this assumption despite showing initial promise. Once O'Mara's love interest shows up in the preview - it's all downhill from there."