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Held Up (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 12 May 2000 (USA)
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After a falling out with her fiance leads a woman to head for the airport in disgust, her boyfriend desperately tries to catch up but is waylaid by a convienience store robbery in the Arizona desert.

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Steve Rash

Writers:

Jeff Eastin (story), Erik Fleming (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Michael
Nia Long ... Rae
Barry Corbin ... Pembry
John Cullum ... Jack
Jake Busey ... Beaumont
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Biker
Eduardo Yáñez ... Rodrigo (as Eduardo Yañez)
Sarah Paulson ... Mary
Diego Fuentes Diego Fuentes ... Sal
Roselyn Sanchez ... Trina
Julie Hagerty ... Gloria
Andrew Jackson ... Billy (SWAT Team Leader)
Dalton James ... Sonny
Sam Vlahos ... Jose
Sam Gifaldi ... Rusty
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Storyline

While they're on vacation in the Southwest, Rae finds out her man Michael spent their house money on a classic car, so she dumps him, hitching a ride to Vegas for a flight home. A kid promptly steals Michael's car, leaving him at the Zip & Sip, a convenience store. Three bumbling robbers promptly stage a hold up. Two take off with the cash stranding the third, with a mysterious crate, just as the cops arrive. The robber takes the store hostage. As incompetent cops bring in a SWAT team and try a by-the-book rescue, Michael has to keep the robber calm, find out what's in the crate, aid the negotiations, and get back to Rae. The Stockholm Syndrome asserts its effect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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To control a hostage situation... Act calm Think fast and have a Big mouth!

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inconvenienced See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,911,007, 14 May 2000

Gross USA:

$4,705,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,705,631
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally to be filmed under the title Inconvenienced in 1995, with Douglas Keeve directing and Rob Schneider, Lisa Kudrow and Janeane Garofalo starring, until Schneider dropped out just four days before filming began. Robert Downey Jr. was approached to replace him, but the film eventually fell apart, resurfacing in 1998 with Jamie Foxx in the starring role. See more »

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When the sheriff asks for the book and it is removed from the cellophane the book is blue. In later scenes it is a light tan. See more »

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Rodrigo: [When Rodrigo takes Mike from the store the first time and learns that Mike and Sheriff Pembry already know each other, and the sheriff hates him, he whines to Mike] "Man your not worth anything as a hostage! I have to get in line just to shoot you!"
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Pretty poor comedy with no real laughs or entertainment value
13 January 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

During a vacation road trip across the Midwest, Rae is irritated enough but when she finds out that Michael spent $10,000 more than she wanted to on a car she is annoyed because the money could have gone on the house. Rae abandons him at a garage and head to the nearest airport; Michael plans to follow her but when his car is stolen he finds himself stuck in the garage diner. As if dealing with the locals is not hard enough for Michael, a robbery at the garage just makes things more complicated for him.

Although it is apparent exactly what sort of film this was going to be, I was attracted by the presence of Nia Long and Jamie Foxx. The comedy is basic and I had hoped that the playing of the actors would provide enough energy to make up for what I expected to be pretty weak material. True to form the plot is stupid and the humour is very basic and I didn't really ever laugh. Happily the script avoids the usual reverse-racism that seems to be the norm in any comedy with black leads but it doesn't have a great deal going for it in its place.

The film seems to rely totally on the playing of the actors – which is a problem because nobody really does that well. Imagine my disappointment when Nia Long turned out to have very little screen time to speak of. Looking down the barrel of the 2005 Oscars, it is amusing to look back and see Foxx as he used to be – essentially a clowning comedian who had not been asked to actually act. Here that is all he does and he does manage to make his stuff a bit better thanks to his energy and charisma but he is not a miracle worker and he cannot raise the material apart from once or twice. The support cast features a surprising amount of well known faces but none of them really do much with the basic material; still, it was strange to see Corbin, Cullum, Busey, Hagerty, Jackson, Sanchez and a few other "known them when you see them" people.

Overall a pretty darn poor film all told with very basic material throughout. The cast are reasonably recognisable but only Foxx manages to inject energy and even then he only does it well now and again. Very few laughs and very little entertainment value – Jamie Foxx looks to have moved on from this sort of stuff, so should you.


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