Held Up (2000)



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

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In this fish-out-of-water comedy, Jamie Foxx plays a man named Michael Dawson, though he's confused for both Puff Daddy and Mike Tyson by the citizenry of the podunk southwest town that serves as the setting for Held Up. Road-tripping Michael and Rae (Nia Long) stop in for gas in Michael's new vintage roadster, but she grabs a ride to the airport with a truck full of cowboys after learning he blew more than 10,000 dollars earmarked for buying a home on the automobile. Moments later, Michael loses the car as well when a youth cons him out of the keys. Just when his day couldn't get any worse, Michael lands in the middle of a botched hold-up by amateurs trying to knock over the convenience store. All variety of local law enforcement, from the sheriff (Barry Corbin) to truckloads of unofficial shotgun-toting "deputies," quickly descends on the scene. Michael tries to sweet-talk the frightened gunman (Eduardo Yanez), befriend his fellow hostages (Sarah Paulson and John Cullum), and plan how to reach the airport before Rae's flight leaves, all while not getting shot by the hair triggers inside and outside the store. The film was produced and originally publicized under the title "Inconvenienced."
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Jamie Foxx
as Michael
Nia Long
as Rae
Barry Corbin
as Pembry
Jake Busey
as Beaumont
Eduardo Yanez
as Rodrigo
Julie Hagerty
as Gloria
Sam Gifaldi
as Rusty
Sam Vlahos
as Jose
Billy Morton
as Delbert
Herta Ware
as Alice
Gary Owen
as Clute
David Deveau
as Delinquent
Tim Dixon
as Leon
Grant Boulton
as Cameraman
Cabral Rock
as Messenger
Chris Scott
as Gladys
Ron Sauve
as No Teeth
Gerry Quigley
as Horace
Alex Docking
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Held Up

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

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

December 31, 1999
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.

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
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.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Held Up

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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
Brandan W

[color=white][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/custom/50/1097250.jpg[/img][/color] [color=white][/color] [color=white][/color] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Michael and Rae are traveling across the country to pick-up a classic automobile. When Rae discovers how much Michael paid for the car, she leaves him to catch a flight home. When Michael accidentally locks himself out of his car, the individual who helps him unlock the car steals the vehicle. As Michael seeks a way to catch his runaway girlfriend, he gets pulled into a robbery. Will Michael escape the robbers and catch his girlfriend? [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“Tie a yellow ribbon around your ass.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Steve Rash, director of Son in Law, Eddie, American Pie: Band Camp, Bring it On 1 & 2, and the upcoming Road Trip II, delivers Held Up. The storyline for this picture is horrible; however, the characters were well presented and the script delivered an array of comedy and awkwardness. The acting was uneven and the cast includes Jamie Fox, Nia Long, Jake Busey, Roselyn Sanchez, Barry Corbin, and John Cullum.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“Are you sure that you want the spring scented douche?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Held Up is currently airing on Cinemax and I caught it while flicking through the channels yesterday. I was interested to see this Jamie Foxx picture and was surprised to discover that it reminded me of tragic Martin Lawrence comedies like Black Knight, Rebound, or Big Momma’s House. This movie is not worth your time and an utter shock that Jamie Foxx’s agent, or former agent, placed him in this picture.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]"Man you’re not worth anything as a hostage! I have to get in line just to shoot you!"[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Grade: D[/color][/size][/font]

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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