If it wasn't for bad luck, Michael ("Any Given Sunday's" Jamie Foxx) wouldn't have any luck at all. All he wanted to do was take his fiancée, Rae (Nia Long, "Big Momma's House"), on a nice, romantic trip to the Grand Canyon in his new car. After a bathroom fiasco that lands them at a remote convenience store, their relationship is rocked by matters of mistrust and poor money management. Not only does he lose his girl, Michael also gets carjacked and is taken hostage in a botched robbery. In a vain attempt at professionalism, the local authorities consult "The Book," a hostage negotiations manual still in shrink-wrap. With time running out, Michael has to rely on his quick wit to resolve his situation and make it to the airport to stop his fiancée from leaving.
"Held up" is how paying audiences will be left feeling when the credits begin to roll. The film sets up several sight gags and potential running jokes but fails to follow through with most of them. Director Steve Rash's lack of comic timing even manages to botch the humor in a potentially riotous scene involving lethal Doritos.
Starring Jamie Foxx, Eduardo Yáñez, Barry Corbin and Nia Long. Directed by Steve Rash. Written by Jeff Eastin. Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonathan Komack Martin and Stokely Chaffin. A Trimark release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for language, violence and sensuality. Running time: 88 min.