Held Up
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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.

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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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