| Original Score: 3/5
Thanks to an attractive cast and an air of amiability, much of it works.
Even if it isn't much of a comedy, at least it's a good-spirited one. The cast gives it their all, but the material is hopeless.
| Original Score: 6/10
| Original Score: 5/5
There's enough nice timing and character surprises to make it click at least half of the time.
| Original Score: 1/5
| Original Score: 0.5/5
| Original Score: 52/100
| Original Score: C-
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.
Scenes begin with an amusing premise and a few laughs, but quickly fizzle as the jokes become increasingly one-note.
This slow and talky sitcom may leave its paying customers feeling Held Up.
Eastin's plot never strays from the predictable nor creates the proper comedic tension and urgency needed for the story to work.
Held Up is a real dud, with few laughs, no characterization, little story, a cluster of stereotypes and clichés and just plain nothing for Foxx to do.
| Original Score: F
In this disjointed comedy, Foxx is just a Murphy clone.
Held Up is a fish-out-of-water comedy that is all wet from the start.
There's an obligatory feel-good ending that's totally unbelievable, and the raunchy first act banter between Foxx and his girlfriend is disconcertingly at odds with the Preston Sturges-style stuff that follows.
| Original Score: 2/5
By the end, even the irrepressible Mr. Foxx seems tired and defeated.
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.