Held Up (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Held Up (2000)



Critic Consensus: Lackluster performances and fluff humor can't keep this wreck from sinking.

Movie Info

Jamie Foxx stars in this comedy of errors as an African-American man traveling through a nearly all-white community in the Southwest. He stops at a convenience store just as a robbery is taking place and finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation, complicated by the police's assumption that he must be in on the crime. The supporting cast includes Nia Long, Jake Busey, Julie Hagerty, and Barry Corbin; the film was produced and originally publicized under the title Inconvenienced.more
Rating: PG-13 (Language, violence and sensuality.)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Eastin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
Trimark - Official Site


Jamie Foxx
as Michael
Jake Busey
as Beaumont
Billy Morton
as Delbert
Gary Owen
as Clute
David Deveau
as Delinquent
Grant Boulton
as Cameraman
Cabral Rock
as Messenger
Ron Sauve
as No Teeth
Alex Docking
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Held Up

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

There's enough nice timing and character surprises to make it click at least half of the time.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Everybody's timing seems off the beat, as if they're trying to get a handle on the script, which has more tone than jokes.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

This slow and talky sitcom may leave its paying customers feeling Held Up.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Held Up is a fish-out-of-water comedy that is all wet from the start.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

By the end, even the irrepressible Mr. Foxx seems tired and defeated.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Maybe a few years from now Held Up won't look like the misstep for Jamie Foxx that it appears to be today. But it probably will.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Held Up



Leo L

Super Reviewer

This movie was okay. It made me laugh out loud more than once. It was however VERY slow moving in parts. I fell asleep watching it on Friday night, but it was decent enough that on Saturday morning I found where I dozed off and continued watching it.

A good point is that the movie manages to be moderately funny without being crude or overly sexual... That's hard to find these days. The biggest negative is that virtually the entire plot occurs in one spot, and you get very little change of scenery throughout the entire movie.

If you're looking for continuous laughs, this may not be the movie for you. But if you can endure the slow parts, the humor will sporadically appear.

Brandan W

Watch it on comedy central when you're drunk one afternoon...it's about the only time and situation to watch it

Karl Vanderhoof

Super Reviewer

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