Join EDDIE MURPHY on an unforgettable comic quest to the New World. As an African Prince, it’s time for him to find a princess. The mission leads him and his most loyal friend (ARSENIO HALL) to New York. Watch Murphy and Hall in classic cameo roles!
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This movie has frontal nudity, foul language, and makes women and people of color. It's just not a nice movie so I would skip this one. I'm sorry we paid to see it. I stop viewing after the first part.
Classic Eddie Murphy as his best. I've seen this movie a thousand times and it never gets old. The movie itself is hilarious, but there are plenty of tender moments in between laughing out loud. There is a sweetness to Eddie Murphy's performance that shouldn't be overlooked, that's different from his other films. The movie also boasts an impressive supporting cast and really wonderful music. HIGHLY recommend
Randy Watson and his band Sexual Chocolate. That scene alone makes Coming to America a stone cold classic.
The story is a comedy romance featuring Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem and his sidekick Arsenio Hall playing Semmi who leave their kingdom of Zamunda to come to America to find Murphy’s true love. He flips a coin and chooses to go to New York, and then finds Queens on a map as the place to find a wife.
The story presents one comedic scene after another. In Zamunda Murphy has an arranged marriage to a woman who was raised to serve his every need. He tests that by having her bark like a dog, then woof like an orangutan while jumping on one foot. In Queens, Murphy and Hall go to a club and talk to a number of women who are all ridiculous starting with the first who says she worships the devil to Arsenio dressed up in drag playing a woman who says she wants to eat both Murphy and his friend Hall up.
At its heart however Coming to America is a love story as Murphy discovers Lisa McDowell, Shari Headley, the daughter of his boss. He needs to court her while not revealing that he is a rich American prince because he wants her to fall in love with him for who is not, not what he owns.
There are also two notable cameos. The first is a very young Cuba Gooding Jr who is getting his haircut at a barber shop next to where Murphy and Hall are staying. The second is Samuel L. Jackson as a thief who attempts to stick up the burger joint Murphy and Hall work at.
Ultimately the film works on both levels. It’s hilarious and romantic.
Huge fan of the original, which compounds the awfulness of this sequel.
The Characters lack depth, are mean and unlikable. Reminiscent of SNL sketches ie mostly stupid and lacking substance . At times, the movie is unpleasant and feels like it was written in anger to portray the message of modern woke-ness. Certain people are vilified and gentrification is mentioned regarding the improvement in the Queens neighborhood. One characters is an obvious war lord and treated with humor rather than as a monster. Bizarre.
You first need to put it into context of the year the film was made. This is a classic African American film. I love the beautiful costumes. THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN'S MOVIE -- THERE ARE SCANTY CLAD AND TOPLESS WOMEN in some of the first scenes, sexual context situations. The entire movie isn't like that but the beginning sure is.
This is so Eddie Murphy humor and a Classic Quality "imprint" of a film. Do not expect high definition. It was fine on my large screen TV -- but I'm not all that picky either. Sound / Image were okay using Amazon Prime Streaming.
Classic. Campy. Nudity -- Topless, g-string Sexual innuendo language
African prince travels to America to modest Queens NY to find a woman who would want him for himself-- not his family wealth or his title. He works at a bootleg version of McDonald's mopping floors and lives in a 4 story walk up modest apartment with his side kick -- who obviously would prefer a 5 star hotel!! They are trained in martial arts -- and there are some interesting fight scenes tossed into the mix.
It does poke fun at gold diggers and new rich culture -- be prepared to laugh!! COMEDY, CLASSIC.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2021
... then you will love this.
I watched this many years ago with my wife and minor children. We loved it! I thought I would renew that love with a viewing today. Scenes that I assume were edited out for a general public 20-odd years ago were put in for this version. I couldn't make it past the first few minutes. Such a waste of cyberspace!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2017
Without a doubt, one of the classics of our time. I still have the VHS copy my dad bought and used to watch that until the DVD was released, and now i own it in glorious Blu-Ray! The comedy still hits you hard and has me cracking up everytime! I love the little connection it has with Trading Places, too, but i won't spoil that for anyone that hasn't seen this yet, which i'd be shocked if you haven't! They couldn't get away with making a movie like this anymore, so thank god that this film is perfection! Highly recommended for any Eddie Murphy fan or just a fan of comedy in general!
Excellent 80's comedy, Eddie Murphy at his best as several characters in the movie, also Arsenio Hall puts in a stellar performance as more than one character. A rags to riches story in reverse with Eddie's quick hilarious responses and one liners. Eddie acts as Prince Akeem of Zamunda, not satisfied with being forced into marriage by his father King Joffi Jaffer played by the excellent James Earl Jones Prince Akeem wants to make his own choices with hilarious results.