Milo Boyd is a former NYPD detective who now works as a sloppy bail enforcement agent. Milo seems to be bad at his job and is insulted by a cop early in the movie. Milo’s ex-wife, Nicole Hurley, is an investigative reporter who has been arrested for assaulting a police officer. The assaulted officer is a patrol horse she grazed with her car while rushing to get to a press conference. When she receives a hot tip on a story she is working on—an apparent suicide may have in fact actually been a murder — she skips her bond hearing to meet with her informant. Nicole’s informant is kidnapped before she arrives and the judge issues a warrant for Nicole’s arrest. Thing are not going Nicole’s way, but it only gets worse. Her ex Milo is ecstatic when bail bondsman, Sid offers him the job of tracking down Nicole and bringing her to jail, for a bounty of $5,000. Milo first questions Nicole’s mother Kitty who is a cabaret dancer in Atlantic City. He then uses his own intimate knowledge of Nicole’s bad habits and Milo apprehends her at a race track in New Jersey, throws her into his car trunk and drives back towards Manhattan. Nicole tries to beg, threaten, and con her way out of Milo’s clutches, but cannot escape. Neither is aware that they are being followed: Milo by two thugs sent by a bookie named Irene due to outstanding gambling debts; Nicole by criminal Earl Mahler, who is connected with the story she is investigating, and both of them by Nicole’s lovestruck coworker Stuart who is bent on “rescuing” her. Mahler catches up and tries to kill Nicole, but the two narrowly escape. Milo is not interested in explanations until Nicole admits that she’s found evidence that implicates their mutual friend, Bobby who is Milo’s ex-partner on the police force. Filled with anger, Milo decides to investigate the crime with her. Clues from Earl’s car lead them to a country club, where they learn from a crooked caddy that Earl owns a tattoo shop in New Jersey, so they start to make their way there. By pure coincidence, the nearest hotel is “Cupid’s Cabin,” the New Jersey based bed and breakfast where they apparently spent their honeymoon for some odd reason. Out of no where they redevelop feelings for each other, but Nicole overhears a heartbreaking phone conversation: Milo telling Sid that he may or may not bang Nicole that night, but that either way, Nicole will be in jail by morning. Infuriated, she handcuffs Milo to the bed and makes her way to the tattoo parlor herself, finding her informant and freeing him before she is captured by Irene’s thugs who are still looking for Milo. No worries though, Milo rescues her. He calls an old friend from the police force and learns that Bobby is on his way to the police’s evidence warehouse, which is being relocated to a new building. Bobby confronts Earl, who used to be his friend but has used Bobby’s name to gain access to a warehouse full of drugs and money and steal said large amounts of confiscated drugs and money. Bobby decides to arrest Earl, but Earl draws a gun and shoots him, though not fatally. Milo and Nicole enter the warehouse and Milo is ambushed, but Earl is forced to surrender when Nicole points a shotgun that she found at him. Bobby explains that Earl was using him, as well as the man who supposedly committed suicide, to gain access to this drug and money-filled warehouse. There was no proof, so Bobby was waiting for Earl to make his move before arresting him. Milo proudly notes that Earl might have gotten away with this massive crime if Nicole hadn’t picked up all these clues. He and Nicole appear to have reconciled. They concede that sometimes their jobs have to come first, but it seems like their love is growing once again. Milo then turns Nicole into the police. His job did indeed come first. On his way out of the precinct, Milo runs into the cop who insulted him earlier and punches him in the face. He is arrested and put in a cell next to Nicole’s. He reminds her that it is their anniversary and they have to spend it together romantically in jail. Through the bars they admit their love to each other and kiss. What in the world just happened?
The Bounty Hunter (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
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