Held Up
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the end, even the irrepressible Mr. Foxx seems tired and defeated."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"There's enough nice timing and character surprises to make it click at least half of the time."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz
"Scenes begin with an amusing premise and a few laughs, but quickly fizzle as the jokes become increasingly one-note."
‑ Leah Beth Reisman, Citysearch
"In this disjointed comedy, Foxx is just a Murphy clone."
‑ Dennis Hunt, San Diego Union-Tribune
"It's a movie so foul even the folks at the NAACP Image Awards would have to look the other way."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"Held Up is a fish-out-of-water comedy that is all wet from the start."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"There are points in the movie where you think you're ready to laugh, but, like the movie as a whole, they don't amount to much."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Eastin's plot never strays from the predictable nor creates the proper comedic tension and urgency needed for the story to work."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"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."
‑ Steve Simels, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Thanks to an attractive cast and an air of amiability, much of it works."
‑ George Meyer, Orlando Weekly
"This slow and talky sitcom may leave its paying customers feeling Held Up."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It's hard not to wonder if Foxx owed somebody a favor when he signed on to make a movie this amateurish."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"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."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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